Chevrolet Corvette Debut
On January 17, 1953, the Corvette prototype was unveiled at the GM Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The 500,000th Corvette was built in 1977; the millionth in 1992; the millionth-and-a-half in 2009.
Paula Jones vs "Slick-Willie"
On January 17, 1994, Paula Jones--an Arkansas state file clerk--filed suit against President "Slick-Willie" Clinton in Federal Court, Little Rock, Ar., asking for $700,000 in damages. Investigation into the Jones allegations discovered that "Slick-Willie" was boinking Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. The Jones allegations eventually led to "Slick-Willie's" impeachment; He was later acquitted.
On January 17, 1961, President Eisenhower made his last speech to the American people. The President--despite his sadness that peace had not prevailed worldwide--offered the following prayer:
"We pray that people of all faiths, all races, all nations.... will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love."
Gilmore: "Let's Do It!"
On January 17, 1977, double-murderer Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad at the Utah State Prison, Draper, Utah. Mr Gilmore was convicted of murdering an elderly couple because they wouldn't give him their car. Gilmore's final words on this earth were: "Let's Do It!"
Where's The "Mushroom Seeds?!?"
On January 17, 1966, the United States Air Force lost a total of four hydrogen bombs ('mushroom seeds') over and around Palomares, Spain. The Air Force B-52 collided with the refueling boom of an Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft. The collision ripped open the top of the bomber and fuel exploded in both the bomber and the tanker. All four souls in the tanker and three souls in the bomber died; the remaining four bomber crewmen were able to parachute to safety.