On January 17, 1753, Jacob Brunner deeded the Schifferstadt property to his son Elias, who, in 1756, built the house which is one of the best examples of early German architecture still extant. The house is located at the intersection of West Second Street and Rosemont Avenue in Frederick.
On January 17, 1781, Sgt. Lawrence Everhart, of Middletown, saved the life of Col. William Washington at The Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.
On January 17, 1786, Dr. John Tyler, credited by some as having performed the first cataract operation in America, opened his practice in Frederick.
On January 17, 1853, Frederick City passed an ordinance to erect 35 iron lamp posts at a cost of $35 each.
On January 17, 1948, Dr. Joseph Henry Apple, Jr., president of Hood College for 41 years, died in Frederick. He was born August 4, 1865.