TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2020. There are 349 days left in the year.

ON THIS DATE IN HIS­TORY

On Jan. 17, 1994, the 6.7 mag­ni­tude Northridge earth­quake struck South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, killing at least 60 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey.

1806 — Thomas Jef­fer­son’s daugh­ter, Martha, gave birth to James Madi­son Ran­dolph, the first child born in the White House.

1916 — The Pro­fes­sional Golfers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica had its be­gin­nings as depart­ment store mag­nate Rod­man Wana­maker hosted a lun­cheon of pro and am­a­teur golfers in New York City. (The PGA of Amer­ica was for­mally es­tab­lished on April 10, 1916.)

1945 — Soviet and Pol­ish forces lib­er­ated War­saw dur­ing World War II; Swedish diplo­mat Raoul Wal­len­berg, cred­ited with sav­ing tens of thou­sands of Jews, dis­ap­peared in Hun­gary while in Soviet cus­tody.

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

2001 — Faced with an elec­tric­ity cri­sis, Cal­i­for­nia used rolling black­outs to cut off power to hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple; Gov. Gray Davis signed an emer­gency or­der au­tho­riz­ing the state to buy power.

TO­DAY’S BIRTHDAYS

Ac­tress Betty White is 98. Former FCC chair­man New­ton N. Mi­now is 94. Ac­tor James Earl Jones is 89. Talk show host Maury Povich is 81. Pop singer Chris

Mon­tez is 78. Rhyth­mand-blues singer Wil­liam Hart (The Del­fon­ics) is 75. Ac­tress Joanna David is 73. Ac­tress Jane El­liot is 73. Rock mu­si­cian Mick Tay­lor is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sheila Hutchin­son (The Emo­tions) is 67. Singer Steve Earle is 65. Singer Paul Young is 64. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Steve Har­vey is 63. Singer Su­sanna Hoffs (The Ban­gles) is 61. Movie di­rec­tor-screen­writer Brian Hel­ge­land is 59. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Jim Car­rey is 58. Ac­tor De­nis O’Hare is 58. Former first lady Michelle Obama is 56. Ac­tor Joshua Malina is 54. Singer Shabba Ranks is 54. Rock mu­si­cian Jon Wysocki is 52. Ac­tor Naveen An­drews is 51. Elec­tronic mu­sic DJ Tiesto is 51. Rap­per Kid Rock is 49. Ac­tor Freddy Ro­driguez is 45. Ac­tor-writer Leigh Whan­nel is 43. Ac­tress-singer Zooey Deschanel is 40. Dancer Mak­sim Ch­merkovskiy (TV: “Danc­ing with the Stars”) is 40. Singer Ray J is 39. Ac­tor Diogo Mor­gado is 39. Coun­try singer Amanda Wilkin­son is 38. Former NBA player Dwyane Wade is 38. Ac­tor Ryan Gage is 37. DJ-singer Calvin Har­ris is 36. Folkrock mu­si­cian Jeremiah Fraites is 34. Ac­tor Jonathan Keltz is 32. Ac­tress Kelly Marie Tran (Film: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “The Rise of Sky­walker”) is 31. Ac­tress Kathrine Herzer is 23.

THOUGHT FOR TO­DAY

“The only thing wrong with im­mor­tal­ity is that it tends to go on for­ever.” — Herb Caen, Amer­i­can news­pa­per colum­nist (19161997).

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