This day in history

Thursday, Jan. 17, is the 17th day of 2013. There are 348 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Betty White is 91. Actor James Earl Jones is 82. Boxing Hall of Famer Muhammad Ali is 71. Rock musician Mick Taylor is 65. Singer Steve Earle is 58. Singer Paul Young is 57. Talk host Steve Harvey is 56. Singer Susanna Hoffs is 54. Actor Jim Carrey is 51. First lady Michelle Obama is 49. Rapper Kid Rock is 42. Actress Zooey Deschanel is 33.

In 1893, the 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.


In 1950, the Great Brink’s Robbery took place as masked men held up a Brink’s garage in Boston, stealing $1.2 million in cash and $1.5 million in checks and money orders. (The gang was caught; only part of the loot was recovered.)

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In 1961, President Eisenhower delivered his farewell address in which he warned against ‘‘the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.’’

In 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 72 people.

In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.