2021 January

January 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 17

January 17th is Kid Inventors’ Day and Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.

This day marks the seventeenth day of 2021, and there’s another 348 days to go.

If today’s your birthday or you’re just interested in the days on goings, then here we have some incredible facts and events for you that happened on January 17 throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 2000, all 50 states of America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday? This was the first time in history every state celebrated together.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 17th in history!

What Happened On January 17 In History?


The underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended.

OTD in 2017: The underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended.
The plane fell off the radar on March 8, 2014, and was never found despite professionals searching 46,332 square miles for the wreckage. On this day, the passengers' families were informed that the effort to find the plane has been suspended.

The Doomsday Clock’s minute hand was moved two minutes closer to midnight making the new Doomsday just five minutes to midnight.

The change was made after North Korea performed its 1st nuclear test.

For the first time in history, all 50 states of America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.


An incredibly cold air swept into the US from Canada, and plunged temperatures across most of the States far below their existing all-time lows.

This event was, and will forever be known as Cold Sunday.

Legendary band Blondie released their debut single “X-Offender”.

X-Offender was written by Debbie Harry and Gary Valentine.

The Chevrolet Corvette sports car was presented for the first time at GM Motorama Auto Show in New York.


Auschwitz concentration camp evacuated 56,000 prisoners.

OTD in 1945: Auschwitz concentration camp evacuated 56
Sadly, these prisoners were marched to several other camps. Labelled "the death marches," around 9,000 to 15,000 prisoners died.

Russians defeated Ottoman forces during WWI.

The Battle of Sarikamish was a battle between Russian and Ottoman empires that began on December 22, 1914 and ended on this day when Russian forces collected leftovers from the defeated Ottoman forces.

The 1st Duke of Wellington became Commander in Chief, making him the professional head of the British Army.


On his second voyage, explorer Captain James Cook became the first to cross the Antarctic Circle.

OTD in 1773: On his second voyage

French King Henry IV declared war against Spain during the French Wars of Religion.


Bohemia adopted the Gregorian Calendar.

On January 6, 1584 Bohemia had to remove 11 days from the calendar to bring them to this day.

January 17 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on this day, your star sign is Capricorn.

Capricorns are, without a shadow of a doubt, the most hardworking of all star signs.

People born during January have the Garnet birthstone. The garnet is undoubtedly a gift to the wearer as it brings them love, friendships, loyalty, health, and luck.

Anyone born on Jan 17 would likely have been conceived around April 26 in the previous year.

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Jim Carrey? See what other famous people were born on this day.

Famous People Born On January 17

Jake Paul

Jake Paul

American YouTuber
Birthday: January 17, 1997
Age: 24 years old
Born In: ,
Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris

Scottish DJ
Birthday: January 17, 1984
Age: 37 years old
Born In: Scotland, United Kingdom
Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

British Actor
Birthday: January 17, 1969
Age: 52 years old
Born In: England, United Kingdom
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

American First Lady
Birthday: January 17, 1964
Age: 57 years old
Born In: Illinois, USA
Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Canadian-American Actor
Birthday: January 17, 1962
Age: 59 years old
Born In: Ontario, Canada

Did you know that on this day, January 17th 2000, all 50 states of America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday?