On this day: January 17

Published On: Jan 16 2013 02:10:25 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 17 2014 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 - Operation Desert Storm
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U.S. Air Force

1991: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning with an extensive aerial bombing campaign designed to destroy Iraq's Air Force and anti-aircraft facilities. In response, Iraq fired eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation. The aerial campaign would be followed by a ground assault designed to push Iraqi troops out of Kuwait starting on Feb. 24. The U.S.-led Coalition forces quickly earned a decisive victory, liberating Kuwait and advancing into Iraqi territory before declaring a cease-fire 100 hours after the ground campaign started.

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