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    • October 17, 0532 Boniface II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

    • October 17, 0539 "BC - 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."

    • October 17, 1091 T8/F4 tornado strikes the heart of London.

    • October 17, 1244 Battle of La Forbie: Crusaders are defeated by Khwarezmians and Egyptians.

    • October 17, 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."

    • October 17, 1346 "David II of Scotland, in attempting a military diversion to relieve the siege of Calais, is wounded and captured by England's Edward III."

    • October 17, 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."

    • October 17, 1456 "The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia)"

    • October 17, 1492 Columbus sights isle of San Salvador

    • October 17, 1604 "Kepler's Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes that an exceptionally bright star had suddenly appeared in the constellation. Ophiuchus, which turned out to be the last supernova to have been observed in our own galaxy, the Milky Way."

    • October 17, 1610 French king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.

    • October 17, 1660 "Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered, another is hanged."

    • October 17, 1662 England's King Charles II sells Dunkirk to the French.

    • October 17, 1748 "French troops lift siege of English at Pondicherry, India."

    • October 17, 1777 American troops defeat the British in the Battle of Saratoga.

    • October 17, 1777 "British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga, NY"

    • October 17, 1781 Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown

    • October 17, 1781 "General Charles Cornwallis offers his surrender to the American revolutionists at Yorktown, Virginia."

    • October 17, 1787 "Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities"

    • October 17, 1797 Treaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria.

    • October 17, 1805 "Napoleon breaks camp at Boulogne, proceeds by forced marches into Germany, forces the surrender October 17 at Ulm of a 30,000-man Austrian army under Baron Karl Mack von Leiberich, 53, and caps the victory by taking Vienna
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    • October 17, 1806 "Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti was assassinated after an oppressive rule."

    • October 17, 1829 Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opened

    • October 17, 1850 "James Young obtains a patent for the extraction of paraffin from shale, the beginning of the paraffin industry in West Lothian"

    • October 17, 1854 "Miners burn down Eureka Hotel, Ballarat, after court dismisses murder charges against hotelier James Bentley, accused of kicking a young miner to death"

    • October 17, 1854 "The Australian newspaper The Age, is published for the first time in Melbourne"

    • October 17, 1855 Bessemer steelmaking process patented

    • October 17, 1860 First pro golf tournament held in Scotland

    • October 17, 1860 First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).

    • October 17, 1868 Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect

    • October 17, 1871 President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus

    • October 17, 1894 Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man

    • October 17, 1899 "Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000"

    • October 17, 1904 Bank of Italy opens its doors

    • October 17, 1907 "Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland."

    • October 17, 1912 "Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War."

    • October 17, 1912 Turkey declares war on Bulgaria and Serbia.

    • October 17, 1913 Serbs invade Albania.

    • October 17, 1917 First British bombing of Germany in World War I.

    • October 17, 1917 "First train over the Quebec Bridge over the St. Lawrence. This was constructed by the Dominion Government for use by the National Transcontinental Railway. This bridge was notorious in that it fell down twice during construction: On August 29, 1907 the south cantilever arm collapsed killing 65 or more workmen."

    • October 17, 1918 Yugoslavia proclaims itself a republic

    • October 17, 1919 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created

    • October 17, 1931 Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.

    • October 17, 1933 "Albert Einstein arrives in the US, a refugee from Nazi Germany"

    • October 17, 1933 "Albert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany, moves to the US."

    • October 17, 1934 """The Aldrich Family"" premieres on radio"

    • October 17, 1937 "Huey, Dewey and Louie, Donald Duck's three almost identical nephews, first appear in a newspaper comic strip."

    • October 17, 1941 "First US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland"

    • October 17, 1941 "For the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship."

    • October 17, 1945 "A massive number of people, headed by CGT and Evita, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to demand Juan Peron's release. This is known to the Peronists as the Da de la lealtad (day of loyalty). It's considered the birthday of Peronism."

    • October 17, 1945 Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina

    • October 17, 1951 CBS introduced their Eye Device logo.

    • October 17, 1956 England's first large scale nuclear power station opens

    • October 17, 1957 Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit White House

    • October 17, 1957 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

    • October 17, 1959 Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse

    • October 17, 1961 "NY Museum of Modern Art hung Henri Matisse's ""Le Bateau"" upside-down, It wasn't corrected until December 3rd"

    • October 17, 1961 "Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police."

    • October 17, 1966 "A fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department's deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks."

    • October 17, 1967 Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km

    • October 17, 1967 "The Broadway play ""Hair"" is first performed"

    • October 17, 1967 The musical Hair opens at the Anspacher Theater on Broadway.

    • October 17, 1968 The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute is performed by Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

    • October 17, 1969 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth

    • October 17, 1970 "Montreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group."

    • October 17, 1973 5 month oil embargo by Arab states against US & Netherlands begins

    • October 17, 1973 "OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria."

    • October 17, 1977 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament

    • October 17, 1977 "German Autumn: Four days after it was hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board."

    • October 17, 1977 "West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of the 4 hijackers"

    • October 17, 1979 "1,800 Marines landed in Guantanamo Bay as a demonstration of naval power in the wake of the Soviet refusal to withdraw the Russian combat brigade in Cuba."

    • October 17, 1979 "D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8"

    • October 17, 1979 Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    • October 17, 1979 "Mother Teresa of India, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize"

    • October 17, 1979 "The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services. Both replace the Department of Health, Education and Welfare."

    • October 17, 1981 Number one hit on UK music charts - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - It's My Party

    • October 17, 1986 US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982

    • October 17, 1987 First World Series game in a covered stadium in Minnesota Metrodome

    • October 17, 1987 Number one hit on UK music charts - Bee Gees - You Win Again

    • October 17, 1988 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome

    • October 17, 1988 Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft

    • October 17, 1989 Earthquake in SF (6.9) kills 67

    • October 17, 1989 Erich Honecker is forced to resign from the presidency of DDR to be replaced by hard-liner Egon Krenz.

    • October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).

    • October 17, 1995 "Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment is declared the oldest living person, with a proven age of 120 years and 238 days"

    • October 17, 1998 A pipeline explodes in Nigeria when villagers try to siphon off oil. At least 700 die

    • October 17, 1999 Former US nurse Orville Lynn Majors is convicted of murdering six patients at a western Indiana hospital; the jury deadlocked on a seventh count. (Majors is serving a 360-year prison sentence.)

    • October 17, 2000 Pope John Paul and Britain's Queen Elizabeth meet and speak of their hopes for Christian unity. It is her first visit to the Vatican in 20 years

    • October 17, 2000 "Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack."

    • October 17, 2003 Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.

    • October 17, 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."

    • October 17, 2006 The United States population reaches 300 million.

    • October 17, 2009 "30,000 troops from the Pakistan Army begin an offensive operation against the Taliban and their allies in South Waziristan."

    • October 17, 2009 "32 people are killed in a fire at a fireworks warehouse in southern India, during the Diwali celebrations."

    • October 17, 2009 A Colombian military official claims that eight FARC guerrillas and five Colombian army soldiers have been killed in heavy fighting in Cauca Department.

    • October 17, 2009 A report into dumping of toxic waste by Trafigura in C“te d'Ivoire is published.

    • October 17, 2009 "A South Korean legislator claims North Korea is holding 154,000 of its citizens in gulags."

    • October 17, 2009 "Czech President V clav Klaus compares the Treaty of Lisbon to ""an unstoppable speeding train"" that he is being forced to sign."

    • October 17, 2009 Iran frees Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari on bail after four months in detention following the disputed presidential election.

    • October 17, 2009 More than one million anti-abortion protesters march through Madrid in one of the largest demonstrations since 2003 and 2004 anti-war protests.

    • October 17, 2009 The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) imposes an arms embargo on Guinea after the deaths of opposition supporters at a rally last month.

    • October 17, 2009 "The government of the Maldives, including President Mohamed Nasheed, holds the world's first underwater Cabinet meeting, to highlight the threat of global warming."

    • October 17, 2009 "The sheriff in Fort Collins, Colorado advises that criminal charges will be laid over the balloon boy hoax. ("

    • October 17, 2009 "Thousands of fans, celebrities and politicians attend the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately in Dublin."

    • October 17, 2009 "Two police officers are killed after their police helicopter is shot down by drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ten drug traffickers were also killed in the violence."







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