What Happened on October 17th

Historical 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)
  • 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
  • 1931 American gangsta Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • 2012 Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb discovery orbiting Alpha Centauri announced (later thought to be a false finding)
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The United States population reaches 300 million

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