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 - Northridge earthquake
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Robert A. Eplett/FEMA

1994: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California, killing 57 people and injuring more than 8,700. The quake, which had one of the highest ground accelerations ever instrumentally recorded in an urban area and was felt as far away as Las Vegas, also caused an estimated $20 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.


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