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 - Robert Scott South Pole
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1912: English explorer Robert F. Scott and his expedition reach the South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there first five weeks earlier. On their return journey, Scott (back row, center) and his four comrades all died from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold.


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