On this day: January 17

POSTED: 12:10 PM PST Jan 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 16, 2016 

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 - Popeye
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King Features

1929: The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man first appears in Elzie Segar's "Thimble Theatre" comic strip. Although the strip was in its 10th year, Popeye quickly became the main focus of the strip, which would become one of King Features' most popular properties during the 1930s. In 1933, the character was adapted into a series of theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures, which proved even more popular and continued production through 1957.


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