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 - Juliette Gordon Low
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1927: Juliette Gordon Low (center), the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, dies of breast cancer at age 66 in Savannah, Georgia. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement, asked Low to help form a group of Girl Guides in Scotland in 1911. When Low returned home to Savannah in 1912, she formed a Girl Guide troop there, and when the Girl Guides became the Girl Scouts in 1915, Low became the first president.


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