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 - Nazi concentration camp
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

1945: The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland as Soviet forces close in. Nearly 60,000 prisoners were forced on a death march toward a camp in Wodzislaw Slaski, Poland, with those too weak or sick to walk left behind. The remaining 7,500 prisoners left at Auschwitz would be liberated by the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army on Jan. 27.


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