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

1933Albert Einstein arrives in US, a refugee from Nazi Germany

1939"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

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

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

1662Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)

1878After serving as the opposition for five years, John A. Macdonald is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada

1660Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered, another is hanged.

1957French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

1961NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

1991Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)

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

1979Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1346Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.

1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

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

2012Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal

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

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

1651Future King Charles II flees from England

1964Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra

1990Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music

October 17th Historical Events
Date Event
539
King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration. 
BC
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415
Jewish autonomy in Palestine ended by the Romans and Raban Gamliel forced from office 
532
Boniface II ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
733
Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel's Frankish and Burgundian forces beat those of al-Andalus under Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi halting influence of Islam 
1346
Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years. 
1387
Swells convent Windesheim initiated 
1404
Cosma de' Migliorati elected Pope Innocentius VII 
1448
Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi were defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II. 
1456
The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern continental Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia) 
1483
Tomas de Torquemada appointed inquisitor-general of Spain 
1556
Ex-emperor Karel departs Netherland for Spain 
1651
Future King Charles II flees from England 
1660
Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered, another is hanged. 
1662
Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds) 
1691
New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth 
1720
Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour," premieres in Paris 
1740
Ivan VI becomes Tsar of Russia 
1777
British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY 
1781
Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown 
1787
Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities 
1797
Peace of Campo Formio: Austrian Dutch possessions & France 
1800
Dutch colony Curacao transfered to England 
1806
Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti was assassinated after an oppressive rule. 
1808
Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw 
1814
London Beer Flood occurs in London killing nine. 
1825
1st French Liszts operette Don Sanche premieres in Paris 
1829
Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens 
1829
1st supposed attack on abandoned German teenager Kaspar Hauser 
1831
Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres 
1850
Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized 
1855
Bessemer steelmaking process patented 
1860
1st British Golf Open: Willie Park Snr shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club, Scotland 
1862
Battle of Leetown & Thoroughfare Gap, VA 
1868
Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect 
1871
Great Britain annexes Griqualand South Africa 
1871
President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus during US Civil War 
1876
Henry Morton Stanley's reaches Lualaba River 
1877
Henry Morton Stanley reaches Boma during trip cross Africa 
1878
After serving as the opposition for five years, John A. Macdonald is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada 
1885
Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season 
1888
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie). 
1894
Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man 
1896
Anton Tsjechovs "Chayka," premieres in St Petersburg 
1899
Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000 
1904
Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors 
1907
Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland. 
1912
Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia declares war on Turkey 
1916
Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage 
1917
1st British bombing of Germany 
1918
De Kooy airport in Netherlands opens 
1918
Yugoslavia proclaims itself a republic 
1919
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created 
1920
Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0 
1921
Belgium's public library law goes into force 
1922
Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London 
1923
Catholic University of Nijmegen Neth opens 
1927
Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL president 
1931
Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison 
1933
Albert Einstein arrives in US, a refugee from Nazi Germany 
1934
"The Aldrich Family" premieres on radio 
1935
Pacific Association of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics 
1939
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released 
1940
German occupiers issue identity cards 
1941
1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland 
1943
Liberators sink U-540 & U-631 
1945
Loyalty Day in Argentina, mass demonstrations held to release Juan Perón 
1951
Egyptian army fires on British troops 
1954
Phila Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash (49-21) 
1955
Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel 
1956
England's 1st large scale nuclear power station opens 
1956
Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt 
1957
"Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances 
1957
Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit the White House 
1957
Dike Marken-Dutch mainland closed 
1957
French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature 
1957
II Tsjoendrigar becomes premier of Pakistan 
1959
"Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 perfs 
1959
Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse 
1959
Stinchcomb Memorial in Cleveland Metroparks' dedicated 
1960
"Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 216 performances 
1960
US & Britain sign accord for nuclear sub bases 
1961
22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow 
1961
Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians 
1961
NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m 
1961
NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd 
1962
Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship 
1963
"Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances 
1964
Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra 
1965
"On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" opens in NYC for 280 perfs 
1965
WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1967
"Hair" premieres on Broadway 
1967
Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS 
1967
Memorial service for Brian Epstein at New London Synagogue 
1967
Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km 
1967
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1969
NY Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead NY 
1969
Plastic Ono Band's "Cold Turkey" is released in UK 
1969
Soyuz 7 returns to Earth 
1970
Anwar Sadat sworn in as president of Egypt 
1971
Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens 
1971
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Quality-First Golf Classic 
1971
Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series 
1971
It is estimated today that approximately 16,000 households were withholding rent and rates for council houses as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against internment organised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Northern Ireland 
1972
1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins 
1972
Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in NYC 
1972
Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1 
1972
The Ulster Defence Association open fire on the British Army in several areas of Belfast 
1973
OPEC oil ministers agree to use oil weapon in Arab-Israeli War, mandate cut in exports, and recommend embargo against unfriendly states 
1974
"Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per 
1974
NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak 
1974
Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3 
1974
Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series 
1975
1st Space Shuttle main engine test at Natl Space Tech Labs, Miss 
1975
UN passes resolution saying "Zionism is a form of racism" 
1976
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1976
Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997) 
1977
Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament 
1977
West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of 4 hijackers 
1978
NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8) 
1978
NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series 
1978
Pres Carter signs bill restoring Jefferson Davis citizenship 
1978
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1978
Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year 
1979
"Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 perfs 
1979
D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8 
1979
Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize 
1979
Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series 
1979
Pres Carter signs legislation creating Dept of Education 
1980
1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39) 
1982
1st live orch on commerical network since 1954 (National Symphony) 
1982
Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation 
1982
Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series 
1982
Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in NYC 
1982
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1983
Nobel prize for economy awarded to Gerard Debreu 
1983
STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem 
1984
Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Bruce Merrifield 
1985
French author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize in literature 
1985
Lou Piniella named NY Yankee manager 
1986
US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982 
1986
Yitzak Rabin forms Israeli government 
1987
"Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances 
1987
1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome) 
1987
1st Lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy 
1988
31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome 
1988
Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of NY Yankees 
1988
Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment 
1988
Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft 
1988
Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title 
1988
Traveling Wilbury's 1st release "Handle With Care" 
1989
Earthquake in SF (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67 
1990
"Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 perfs 
1990
"Les Miserables," opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth 
1990
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music 
1991
Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races 
1991
Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates for NL pennant in 7 games 
1991
News anchor Bree Walker Lampley files an FCC complaint that LA radio KFI-AM personally attacked her by discuss her having a disformed baby 
1991
Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists) 
1992
1st World Series with non-US team, Toronto loses 3-1 to Braves 
1993
Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf 
1994
Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championships of Women's Golf 
1994
Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena 
1994
Kapil Dev's final one-day international (v West Indies) 
1995
Keith Moore sentenced to 6 years for robbing Sting of $9,000,000 
1996
"Taking Sides," opens at Atkinson Theater NYC 
1998
At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline. 
2000
Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack. 
2003
The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) and become the World's tallest highrise. 
2003
Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics. 
2005
The Colbert Report first airs. 
2006
The United States population reaches 300 million. 
2007
The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal. 
2012
The exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb is discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri 
2012
Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal 
2012
Tens of thousands protest austerity measures in Greece 
2013
59 people are killed in a wave of attacks on Shia Muslims in Iraq 
2016
Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State 
2016
China launches longest manned space mission 
2016
North Carolina estimates $1.5 billion in hurricane damage to buildings 
2016
US sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter, 15, shot dead in Kentucky 
2017
North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment' 
2017
Egypt says Ramses II temple unearthed southwest of Cairo 
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