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On this day: January 17

POSTED: 12:10 PM PST Jan 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 16, 2014 

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 - Benjamin Franklin
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1706: Politician, inventor and diplomat Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of America who also gained international renown as a scientist for his famous experiments in electricity and for his many inventions, is born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay.

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