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Three things from history that occurred on Jan. 17:

*In 1773 Captain James Cook becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.

*In 1929 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip “Thimble Theater.”

*In 1985 a jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.

Happy birthday to… Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer. Born in Massachusetts, 1790… Al Capone, American ganster, born in Brooklyn, NY in 1899… Betty White, American actress and comedian with the longest TV career of a female entertainer. Born in Oak Park, IL in 1922.