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Notable Historical Events for October 17th

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

1964Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1975Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

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

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

1749US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

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

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

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

1916Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (33) weds Irma Seeman

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

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

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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