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Notable Historical Events for October 17th

1994Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

1979Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1994Kapil Dev's final one-day international (v West Indies)

1990"Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 perfs

1994Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championships of Women's Golf

1957French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

1931Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison

1907Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.

1967Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

1651Future King Charles II flees from England

October 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 17th

1938Robert "Evel" Knievel, motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), (d. 2007)

1972Eminem [Marshall Bruce Mathers III], Saint Joseph Missouri, rapper and movie star ('The Real Slim Shady', 'Stan' and '8 Mile')

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Notable Weddings on October 17th

1749US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

1968Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

1916Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (33) weds Irma Seeman

1707German composer Johann S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

1945Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

1826Historian Thomas Carlyle (30) weds Jane Welsh (25)

1952Country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

2009Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

1982Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

1975Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

October 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 17th

1868Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812 (b. 1775)

33Agrippina the Elder, Roman noblewoman (mother of Caligula), dies of starvation at 47

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