Today in History: January 17

Today in History: January 17

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1601

The Treaty of Lyons ends a short war between France and Savoy.

1746

Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender, defeats the government forces at the battle of Falkirk in Scotland.

1773

Captain James Cook becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1819

Simon Bolivar the "liberator" proclaims Columbia a republic.

1852

At the Sand River Convention, the British recognize the independence of the Transvaal Board.

1893

Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Ballard Dole.

1912

Robert Scott reaches the South Pole only a month after Roald Amundsen.

1939

The Reich issues an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.

1945

The Red army occupies Warsaw.

1963

Soviet leader Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.

1985

A jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.