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  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 17, 1776

    George Washington

    Congress allowed free blacks to serve in the militia

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 17, 1776

    Washington initially protested enlistment of slaves in the Continental Army, but later he relented when the British emancipated and used theirs. On January 16, 1776, Congress allowed free blacks to serve in the militia. By the end of the war one-tenth of Washington's army were blacks.




  • New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 17, 1882

    Incandescent light bulb

    Latimer received a patent for The "Process of Manufacturing Carbons"

    New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 17, 1882

    Lewis Latimer, employed at the time by Edison, developed an improved method of heat-treating carbon filaments which reduced breakage and allowed them to be molded into novel shapes, such as the characteristic "M" shape of Maxim filaments. On 17 January 1882, Latimer received a patent for the "Process of Manufacturing Carbons", an improved method for the production of light bulb filaments, which was purchased by the United States Electric Light Company. Latimer patented other improvements such as a better way of attaching filaments to their wire supports.




  • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 17, 1942

    Muhammad Ali Clay

    Birth

    Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 17, 1942

    Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky.




  • Hudson River, New York, USA
    Saturday Jan 17, 2009

    US Airways Flight 1549: Sully

    Investigation

    Hudson River, New York, USA
    Saturday Jan 17, 2009

    The partially submerged plane was moored to a pier near the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan, roughly 4 miles (6 km) downstream from the ditching location. The left engine, detached by the ditching, was recovered from the riverbed. On January 17 the aircraft was barged to New Jersey. The initial National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) evaluation that the plane had lost thrust after a bird strike was confirmed by analysis of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Two days earlier the plane had experienced a less severe compressor stall, but the affected engine was restarted. A faulty temperature sensor was replaced, and inspection verified the engine had not been damaged in that incident.




  • U.S.
    Friday Jan 17, 2020

    Eminem

    Music To Be Murdered By

    U.S.
    Friday Jan 17, 2020

    On January 17, 2020, Mathers released another surprise album Music To Be Murdered By, following his Kamikaze, which features guest appearances by: Young M.A., Royce Da 5'9", Q-Tip, Denaun, White Gold, Ed Sheeran, Juice WRLD, Skylar Grey, Anderson Paak, Don Toliver, Kxng Crooked, Joell Ortiz and Black Thought.




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