On This Day

What Happened on October 17

Important 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
  • 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
  • 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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October 17 in Film & TV

October 17 in Music

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

October 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?

Iran's attempt to create the world's largest sandwich (1,500 metres) fails when crowds eat it before it can be measured

On October 17, 2008

Famous Weddings

  • 1469 Crown prince Fernando of Aragon marries Princess Isabella of Castile
  • 1707 German composer Johann S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach
  • 1749 US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley
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