On this day: January 17

POSTED: 12:10 PM PST Jan 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 16, 2015 

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 - Bobby Fischer
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Verhoeff, Bert/Anefo via Wikimedia Commons

2008: American chess grandmaster and author Bobby Fischer, the 11th World Chess Champion and considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, dies from degenerative renal failure at the age of 64 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Fischer, seen here in 1972, was also an eight-time U.S. champion, winning his first title in 1958 at the age of 14.


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