On this day: January 17

Published On: Jan 16 2013 02:10:25 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 17 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown, Popeye makes his comic strip debut, Muhammad Ali is born, Operation Desert Storm begins, and news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks online, all on this day.

OTD January 17 - George Bancroft
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1891: American historian and statesman George Bancroft, who established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, during his tenure as U.S. secretary of the Navy, dies at the age of 90 in Washington, D.C. Bancroft was also prominent in promoting secondary education both in his home state of Massachusetts and at the national level.

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