On this day in history January 17,
- 1992 – During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
- 1994 – 1994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
- 1995 – The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurs near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
- 1996 – The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.