During the siege of Vicksburg, Union troops started calling the town this.
- Cave Town
- Dugout City
- Prairie Dog Village
- The Underground
Today in History: Born on January 17
Pius V, Pope 1566-1572.
Benjamin Franklin, statesman, diplomat, scientist and inventor who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and wrote Poor Richard's Almanac.
Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer famous for The Seagull and Three Sisters.
David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister during World War I.
Al Capone, U.S. mobster known as "Scarface Al" who ran most of Chicago and the surrounding area.
Betty White, actress; created memorable characters in TV sitcoms from the 1950s into the 21st century (Life with Elizabeth, Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and was a popular guest on TV game shows. At age 88 and a half she became the oldest person ever to host Saturday Night Live (2010).
Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], U.S. boxer, "The Greatest," who is the only three-time heavyweight champion..
Michelle Robinson Obama, wife of US President Barack Obama.