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January 17 - the day over the years

Powell was the highest ranking US leader to visit Afghanistan since Henry Kissinger stopped in Kabul in 1976.
PTI | By Reuters, HindustanTimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2005 11:53 AM IST

Today is Monday, January 17, the seventeenth day of 2005.
There are 348 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on January 17 since 1900:

1919 - Classical pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski became prime minister of Poland.
1929 - King Inayatullah of Afghanistan was forced to abdicate after a coup; he ruled for only three days.
1977 - Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first person to be executed in the United States since the re-introduction of the death penalty.
1991 - In the Gulf War, U.S.-led allied forces launched "Operation Desert Storm", an air and missile offensive against Iraqi positions.
1995 - More than 6,400 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale hit Kobe, Japan.

2001 - Jewish Holocaust survivors won a compensation deal from Austria for assets stripped from them when Austria was part of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
2002 - US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the upgrade of the US mission in Kabul to a full embassy. Powell was the highest ranking US leader to visit Afghanistan since Henry Kissinger stopped in Kabul in 1976.
2002 - Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish novelist who won the 1989 Nobel Prize for literature for works such as The Family of Pascual Duarte, died. He was 85.
2004 - Ray Stark, Hollywood film producer and talent agent, who made over 125 films including Funny Girl, The Way We Were and Night of the Iguana died. He was 88.

Today's birthdays:
Jim Carrey
Javed Akhtar
Karan Kapoor

Kid Rock
Mohammad Ali

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