January 17 - the day over the years
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.