What Happened on October 17

Significant Events

  • 733 Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel's Frankish and Burgundian forces beat those of al-Andalus under Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi halting Islamic influence (date disputed)
  • 1662 Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)
  • 1860 1st British Golf Open: Willie Park Snr shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club, Scotland
  • 1888 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)
  • 1907 Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland
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