Events in History on October 17

  • 415 Jewish autonomy in Palestine ended by the Romans and Raban Gamliel forced from office
  • 532 Boniface II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 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)

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1346 Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1387 Swells convent Windesheim initiated
  • 1404 Cosma de' Migliorati elected Pope Innocentius VII
  • 1448 Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi were defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
  • 1456 The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern continental Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia)
  • 1483 Tomas de Torquemada appointed inquisitor-general of Spain
  • 1556 Ex-emperor Karel departs Netherland for Spain

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1651 Future King Charles II flees from England

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II


1660 Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered, another is hanged.

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1662 Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)
  • 1691 New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth
  • 1720 Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour" premieres in Paris
  • 1740 Ivan VI becomes Tsar of Russia
  • 1777 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1781 Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown
  • 1787 Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
  • 1797 Peace of Campo Formio: Austrian Dutch possessions & France
  • 1800 Dutch colony Curacao transfererd to Great Britain
  • 1806 Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti was assassinated after an oppressive rule.
  • 1808 Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
  • 1814 A Beer Flood occurs in London killing nine.
  • 1825 1st French Liszts operette Don Sanche premieres in Paris
  • 1829 Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
  • 1829 1st supposed attack on abandoned German teenager Kaspar Hauser
  • 1831 Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres
  • 1850 Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized
  • 1854 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
  • 1855 Bessemer steelmaking process patented
  • 1862 Battle of Leetown & Thoroughfare Gap, VA
  • 1868 Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect
  • 1871 Great Britain annexes Griqualand, South Africa

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1876 Henry Morton Stanley's reaches Lualaba River

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley

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1878 After serving as the opposition for five years, John A. Macdonald is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1894 Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man
  • 1896 Anton Tsjechovs "Chayka" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1899 Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000
  • 1900 Bernhard von Bülow becomes German Chancellor
  • 1904 Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors

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1907 Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1912 Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia declares war on Turkey
  • 1916 Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage
  • 1917 1st British bombing of Germany
  • 1918 De Kooy airport in Netherlands opens
  • 1918 Yugoslavia proclaims itself a republic
  • 1919 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created
  • 1921 Belgium's public library law goes into force
  • 1922 Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London

  • 1923 Catholic University of Nijmegen Neth opens
  • 1927 Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL President

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1933 Albert Einstein arrives in US as a refugee from Nazi Germany

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1934 "The Aldrich Family" premieres on radio
  • 1940 German occupiers issue identity cards
  • 1941 The USS Kearney becomes the 1st US destroyer torpedoed in World War II, while the country is still neutral
  • 1943 Liberators sink U-540 & U-631
  • 1943 Burma railway completed, built by Allied POWs and Asian laborers for use of the Japanese army

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1945 Loyalty Day in Argentina, mass demonstrations held to release Juan Perón

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • 1951 Egyptian army fires on British troops
  • 1954 Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash (49-21)
  • 1955 Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel
  • 1956 England's 1st large scale nuclear power station opens
  • 1956 Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt

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1957 Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit the White House

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • 1957 Dike Marken-Dutch mainland closed

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1957 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • 1957 II Tsjoendrigar becomes premier of Pakistan
  • 1959 Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse
  • 1959 Stinchcomb Memorial in Cleveland Metroparks' dedicated
  • 1960 US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases
  • 1961 22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • 1961 Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians
  • 1961 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m

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1961 NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • 1962 Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
  • 1967 "Hair" premieres on Broadway
  • 1967 Memorial service for Brian Epstein at New London Synagogue
  • 1967 Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km
  • 1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1969 NY Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead NY
  • 1969 Plastic Ono Band's "Cold Turkey" is released in UK
  • 1969 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth

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1970 Anwar Sadat sworn in as the 3rd President of Egypt

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1971 Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
  • 1971 It is estimated today that approximately 16,000 households were withholding rent and rates for council houses as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against internment organised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Northern Ireland
  • 1972 Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in NYC
  • 1972 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1
  • 1972 The Ulster Defence Association open fire on the British Army in several areas of Belfast
  • 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
  • 1975 1st Space Shuttle main engine test at National Space Tech Labs, Miss
  • 1975 UN passes resolution saying "Zionism is a form of racism"
  • 1976 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1977 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament
  • 1977 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of 4 hijackers

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1978 President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1978 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1978 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
  • 1979 D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

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1979 Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1979 US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education
  • 1980 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39)
  • 1982 Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in NYC
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1983 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Gerard Debreu
  • 1983 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem
  • 1984 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Bruce Merrifield
  • 1985 French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1986 US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982

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1986 Yitzhak Rabin forms Israeli government

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin

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1987 US First Lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • 1988 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
  • 1988 Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
  • 1988 Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
  • 1988 Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 is released
  • 1991 News anchor Bree Walker Lampley files an FCC complaint that LA radio KFI-AM personally attacked her by discuss her having a disformed baby
  • 1991 Blue Man Group's 1st performance in New York City
  • 1995 Keith Moore sentenced to 6 years for robbing Sting of $9,000,000
  • 1998 At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
  • 2000 Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack
  • 2003 The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) and become the World's tallest highrise.
  • 2003 Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
  • 2005 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV
  • 2006 The United States population reaches 300 million

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2007 The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 2012 Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri announced (later thought to be a false finding)

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2012 Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2012 Tens of thousands protest against austerity measures in Greece
  • 2013 59 people are killed in a wave of attacks on Shia Muslims in Iraq
  • 2016 Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-11 launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China
  • 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
  • 2017 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declares city of Marawi "liberated" from militants
  • 2017 American short-story writer George Saunders wins the Man Booker Prize for his first novel "Lincoln in the Bardo"