What Happened on October 17

Historical Events

  • 1854 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
  • 1907 Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland
  • 1943 Burma railway completed, built by Allied POWs and Asian laborers for use of the Japanese army
  • 1973 OPEC oil ministers use oil as an economic weapon in the Arab-Israeli War, mandating a cut in exports and recommending an embargo against unfriendly states [1]
  • 2017 Islamic State headquarters Raqqa declared under full control of US-led alliance by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello after 4 months of fighting
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Oct 17 in Film & TV

Oct 17 in Music

  • 1963 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London

Oct 17 in Sport

  • 1860 1st British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins inaugural event by 2 strokes from fellow Scot Tom Morris Sr

Did You Know?

The United States population reaches 300 million

On October 17, 2006

Would You Believe?

Chicago declared the 'rattiest city' in America for the sixth year in a row by pest control service Orkin

On October 17, 2020

Famous Weddings

  • 1469 Crown prince Fernando of Aragon (17) marries heir Princess Isabella of Castile (18), will unite the two Spanish crowns (not officially one country till 1707-16)
  • 1707 German composer Johann Sebastian Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach
  • 1749 US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

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