Today is Wednesday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2017 with 348 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include American statesman, scientist and author Benjamin Franklin in 1706; author Anne Bronte in 1820; British statesman David Lloyd George in 1863; U.S. gangster Al Capone in 1899; English novelist Nevil Shute in 1899; actor Betty White in 1922 (age 96); singer Eartha Kitt in 1927; beauty specialist Vidal Sassoon in 1928; actor James Earl Jones in 1931 (age 87); puppeteer Shari Lewis in 1933; talk show host Maury Povich in 1939 (age 79); Olympic gold medal-winning runner Kipchoge Keino in 1940 (age 78); heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali in 1942; comedian Andy Kaufman in 1949; former Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor in 1949 (age 69); musician Steve Earle in 1955 (age 63); comedian Steve Harvey in 1957 (age 61); comic actor Jim Carrey in 1962 (age 56); writer Sebastian Junger in 1962 (age 56); rapper Lil Jon, born Jonathan Smith, in 1971 (age 47); singer Kid Rock in 1971 (age 47); U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in 1964 (age 54); dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy in 1980 (age 38); actor Zooey Deschanel in 1980 (age 38); rapper Ray J, born William Ray Norwood, in 1981 (age 37); pro basketball star Dwyane Wade in 1982 (age 36); DJ Calvin Harris in 1984 (age 34).
On this date in history:
In 1605, Don Quixote was published.
In 1871, Andrew Hallikie received a patent for a cable car system that went into service in San Francisco in 1873.
In 1893, Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii was deposed in a bloodless revolution and a provisional government was established, with annexation by the United States as its aim.
In 1912, one month late to the party, Captain Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole. Ronald Amundsen got there first.
In 1917, the United States bought 50 of the Virgin Islands in the West Indies from Denmark for $25 million.
In 1920, Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, having been deported from the United States, announced that they intend to organize a great society in Soviet Russia, its prime objective would be the promotion of "social revolution in the United States."
In 1929, Popeye, his spinach, and his "guns" debut in the comic strip, Thimble Theatre.
In 1946, the U.N. Security Council met for the first time.
In 1950, an 11-member gang staged a $1.5 million robbery of a Brink's armored car in Boston.
In 1966, a U.S. B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs collided with its refueling plane over Palomares, Spain, scattering radioactive plutonium over the area.
In 1994, a pre-dawn earthquake struck the Los Angeles area, claiming 61 lives and causing widespread damage.
In 1995, a powerful earthquake rocked Kobe, Japan, and the surrounding area, killing about 5,500 people.
In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Oregon's assisted-suicide law by a 6-3 vote. It allowed doctors to help mentally competent terminally ill patients end their lives.
A thought for the day: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." -- Mother Teresa