Jan. 17, 2006 — At around 9 p.m. tonight, pilots with the 355th Fighter Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base will say good-bye to family, sit down for steak and eggs, then climb into the crowded cockpits of their A/OA-10 fighter jets to fly the first 11-hour leg of a week-long trek to Afghanistan.

More than 400 airmen with the 355th Fighter Squadron will leave this week on a 120-day deployment in support of the Global War on Terror.



Jan. 17, 1991 — NEW YORK — Crude oil prices collapsed in their biggest one-day fall in history today after initially triumphant U.S. reports of the war with Iraq erased fears of supply disruptions.

Prices plunged as much as $10 per barrel, to $22, in frantic trading late this morning on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The outbreak in the Persian Gulf had long been seen a spark for  dramatically higher prices.



Jan. 17, 1966 — A huge mass of Arctic air hit the country’s midsection today and spread bitter cold temperatures from the Rockies to New England and deep into the South.

The Pacific coast region, souther portions of Texas and Florida and a thin band along the Gulf Coast were about the only areas with temperatures above freezing.

The sharpest chill was in the northern Plains, where it was 27 below zero at Bismarck, N.D.



Jan. 17, 1941 — SEATTLE — Major John Carroll, acting mayor, set Thursday, March 6, between 10:30 and 11 p.m. for what Major Walter Best, county national defense chief said, will be the first actual blackout of any major U.S. city under conditions simulating actual wartime.

Approximately 8,000 blackout wardens, observers and referees will direct the undertaking under Frank Cadman, blackout committee chairman

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