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)
  • 1854 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
  • 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
  • 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
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The United States population reaches 300 million

On October 17, 2006

Would You Believe?

Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)

On October 17, 1662

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