17 January It Happened Today
1706 Birth of American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin.
1773 Captain Cook’s ship Resolution becomes the first vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle.
1874 Death of the Siamese twins Chang and Eng. The twins died within three hours of each other.
1899 Birth of American gangster Al Capone.
1979 The Shah of Iran flees his country and goes into exile in Egypt.
2008 Death of former world chess champion Bobby Fischer.