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Today is 2019-10-17

YearWhat happened on this date
0532Boniface II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0733Battle at Poitiers: Charles Martel beats Abd al-Rachmans Omajjaden
1387Swells convent Windesheim initiated
1415Jewish autonomy in Palestine ends, as Raban Gamliel leaves office
1483Tomas de Torquemada appointed Inquisitor-General of Spain
1492Columbus sights the isle of San Salvador
1492Columbus sights isle of San Salvador (Watling Island, Bahamas)
1556Ex-Emperor Karel departs Netherlands for Spain
1651Future King Charles II flees from England
1691new royal charter for Massachusetts now including Maine Plymouth.
1691New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth
1707German Composer Johann S Bach marries his niece Maria Bach
1740Ivan VI becomes Czar of Russia
1777British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY
1777British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga, New York
1781Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown
1781Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown
1787Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
1793Marie Antoinette executed.
1797Peace of Campo Formio: Austrian Dutch possessions and France
1800Dutch colony Curacao transfered to England
1808Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
1815Napoleon arrives in St. Helena
18251st French Liszts operette Don Sanche premieres in Paris
1829Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
1829German 1st assassination on abandoned teenager Kaspar Hauser
1850Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized
1850Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized
1855Bessemer steelmaking process patented
18601st British Golf Open: Willie Park shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club
18601st pro golf tournament held (Scotland) (Willie Park wins)
1862Battle of Leetown and Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia
1868Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect
1871Great Britain annexes Griqualand South Africa
1871President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus
1877Henry Morton Stanley reaches Boma during trip cross Africa
1885Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
1887Gustav Kirchoff discoverer of the laws of spectroscopy dies.
1894Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man.
1894Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man
1896Anton Tsjechovs Chayka
1899Sutro railroad sold to Robert F. Morrow for $215 000.
1899Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000
1904Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors.
1904Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors
1912Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declares war on Turkey
1916Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage
19171st British bombing of Germany
1918De Kooy airport in the Netherlands opens
1918Yugoslavia proclaims itself a Republic
1919RCA created.
1919Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created
1920Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
1922Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London
1923Catholic University of Nijmegen Netherlands opens
1927Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL President
1931Al Capone convicted of tax evasion sentenced to 11 years in prison
1931Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison
1933Albert Einstein arrives in the US a refugee from Nazi Germany.
1933Albert Einstein arrives in US, a refugee from Nazi Germany
1934The Aldrich Family" premieres on radio"""
1935Pacific Association of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics
1940German occupiers issue identity cards
19411st American destroyer torpedoed in WW2 the Kearny off Iceland
19411st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WWII, off Iceland
1943Liberators sink U-540 and U-631
1945Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina.
1951Egyptian army fires on British troops
1954Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs. Washington (49-21)
1955Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel
1956Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
1957Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visits White House.
1957French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature.
1957Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances"""
1957Dike Marken-Dutch mainland closed
1957French Author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
1957II Tsjoendrigar becomes Premier of Pakistan
1959Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances"""
1959Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse
1960Tenderloin" opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 216 performances"""
1960US and Britain sign accord for nuclear sub bases
196122nd Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
1961Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians
1961NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m
1962Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
1962Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
1963Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances"""
1964Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra
1964Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra
1965On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" opens in NYC for 280 performances"""
1965WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1967Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km.
1967Hair" premieres on Broadway"""
1967Barbra Streisand stars on Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS"""
1967Memorial service for Brian Epstein at New London Synagogue
1967Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km
1969Soyuz 7 returns to Earth
1969New York Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead, New York
1969Soyuz 7 returns to Earth
1970Anwar Sadat sworn in as President of Egypt
1971Judy Rankin wins LPGA Quality-First Golf Classic
1971Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
19721st time Islanders shut-out - 5-0 vs Penguins
19721st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs. Penguins
1973The Arab oil embargo begins. It will last until March 1974.
19735-mo oil embargo by Arab states against US and Netherlands begins
1973Arabs decrease oil production
1974NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
1974Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
19751st Space Shuttle main engine test at National Space Tech Labs, Mississippi
1975Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely
1975UN passes resolution saying Zionism is a form of racism""""
1977West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu Somalia free all 86 hostages aboard & killing three of the four hijackers.
1977Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament.
1977Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament
1977West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages and killing 3 of 4 hijackers
1978Islanders start 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
1978Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
1978New York Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
1978New York Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
1978President Carter signs bill restoring Jefferson Davis citizenship
1978Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
1979Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1979Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances"""
1979D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8
1979Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1979Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
1979President Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education
19801st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW vs. Queensland (2-52 & 1-39)
19821st live orchestra on commerical network since 1954 (National Symphony)
1982Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1982Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series
1983Nobel prize for economy awarded to Gerard Debreu
1983STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem
1984Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Bruce Merrifield
1985Lou Pinella named Yankee manager
1985French Author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize in literature
1985Lou Piniella named New York Yankee manager
1986US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982.
1986US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens and offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982
1986Yitzak Rabin forms Israeli government
19871st World Series game in a covered stadium (Minnesota Metrodome).
1987Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances"""
19871st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)
19871st lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy
198831 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
1988Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of New York Yankees
1988Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
1988Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
1989Earthquake in SF (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67
1990Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 performances"""
1991Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
1991Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates for NL pennant in 7 games
1991News anchor Bree Walker Lampley files an FCC complaint that LA radio KFI-AM personally attacked her by discuss her having a disformed baby
1991Pittsburgh Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)
19921st World Series with non-US team, Toronto loses 3-1 to Braves
1995Keith Moore sentenced to 6 years for robbing Sting of $9,000,000
1996Taking Sides

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