January 17: facts and events of this date, Popeye Day and National Awareness Day

National Awareness Day is celebrated on the 17th of every month and in January the 17th falls on a Tuesday.

The commemoration is carried out by every government agency in Indonesia, both at the level of ministries/agencies and basic service institutions.

This warning should remind civil servants (ASN) to remain firm in their duties and to behave well in society. By being firm in their duties, it is hoped that each ASN staff member will remain guided by the work rules and will not violate applicable laws and regulations, such as committing acts of corruption or neglecting their duties.

Not only that, but ASNs are also expected to be committed to behaving well in society. Indeed, ASN is part of society, which must be able to play an active social role and not violate existing social standards.

Popeye day or Popeye’s Day has been celebrated every January 17 since 1929 to celebrate the first appearance of the cartoon character.

In addition to the two warnings above, here are some historical facts and events that occurred on January 17, summarized by Riau24 from various sources:


The underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been completed.

The plane fell off radar on March 8, 2014 and was never found despite professional searches of 46,332 square miles of debris. That day, the families of the passengers were informed that efforts to locate the aircraft had been suspended.


Doomsday Clock’s minute hand was moved two minutes closer to midnight, leaving Doomsday just five minutes to midnight.

The change was made after North Korea conducted its first nuclear test.


For the first time in history, all 50 US states celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s national holiday.


Freezing air swept across the United States from Canada and dropped temperatures in much of the state to well below existing historic lows.

This event was and always will be known as Cold Sunday.


Legendary group Blondie have released their debut single “X-Offender”. X-Offender was written by Debbie Harry and Gary Valentine.


NASA successfully launched the experimental CTS Hermes satellite aboard the Delta 2914 rocket.

The Communications Technology Satellite (CTS) was jointly developed by NASA, the Canadian Department of Communications and the European Space Agency. At the time of its launch, it was the most powerful communications satellite in orbit, with three agencies sharing the use of the satellite and the data obtained from it. Although originally designed to last two years, it ran for another two years.


The Chevrolet Corvette sports car was first shown at the GM Motorama auto show in New York.


The Auschwitz concentration camp evacuated 56,000 prisoners. Unfortunately, these prisoners were parked in several other camps. Called the “death march”, around 9,000 to 15,000 prisoners died.


Popeye Day is celebrated on January 17 to celebrate the first appearance of the cartoon character.

Popeye made his first appearance in a comic strip titled Thimble Theater on January 17, 1929. The character was created by American cartoonist and writer Elzie Crisler Segar.

Prior to Popeye’s appearance, these comics originally centered on Olive Oyl and had been published for ten years. However, Popeye’s popularity changed that.

In the January 17, 1929 edition of The Thimble Theatre, Elzie Crisler Segar added another character, namely Popeye who played the captain of a ship. The story has been revamped with Popeye as the main character.

In 1933, Popeye had his own cartoon series. “I Yam What I Yam” was the first cartoon with Popeye as the main character.

Fleischer Studios published the cartoons between 1933 and 1942. Even after a century, Popeye remains one of the most popular comics ever produced.


Russia defeated Ottoman forces in World War II.

The Battle of Sarikamish was a battle between the Russian and Ottoman Empires that began on December 22, 1914. It ended on that day when Russian troops collected the remains of defeated Ottoman troops.


Duke of Wellington first became Commander-in-Chief, making him the professional leader of the British Army.


On his second voyage, explorer Captain James Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.


French King Henry IV declared war on Spain during the French Wars of Religion.


Bohemia adopted the Gregorian calendar. On January 6, 1584, Bohemia had to remove eleven days from the calendar to bring them to this day.

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These are some recorded historical facts and events that happened on January 17th.


Matilda Baker

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