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Events and People Who Made History on October 17

6th Century

532 - Boniface II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

8th Century

733 - Battle at Poitiers: Charles Martel beats Abd al-Rachmans Omajjaden

14th Century

1387 - Swells convent Windesheim initiated

15th Century

1404 - Cosma de' Migliorati elected Pope Innocentius VII
1415 - Jewish autonomy in Palestine ends, as Raban Gamliel leaves office
1469 - Crown prince Fernando of Aragon marries princess Isabella of Castilie
1483 - Tomas de Torquemada appointed inquisitor-general of Spain
1492 - Columbus sights isle of San Salvador (Watling Island, Bahamas)

16th Century

1556 - Ex-emperor Karel departs Netherland for Spain

17th Century

1651 - Future King Charles II flees from England
1691 - New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth

18th Century

1707 - German composer Johann S Bach marries his niece Maria Bach
1720 - Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour," premieres in Paris
1740 - Ivan VI becomes Czar of Russia
1777 - British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY
1781 - Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown
1787 - Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
1797 - Peace of Campo Formio: Austrian Dutch possessions and France

19th Century

1800 - Dutch colony Curacao transfered to England
1808 - Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
1815 - Napoleon arrives in St. Helena
1825 - 1st French Liszts operette Don Sanche premieres in Paris
1829 - Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
1829 - German 1st assassination on abandoned teenager Kaspar Hauser
1831 - Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres
1850 - Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized
1855 - Bessemer steelmaking process patented
1860 - 1st British Golf Open: Willie Park shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club
1860 - 1st pro golf tournament held (Scotland) (Willie Park wins)
1862 - Battle of Leetown and Thoroughfare Gap, VA
1868 - Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect
1871 - Great Britain annexes Griqualand South Africa
1871 - President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus
1876 - Henry Morton Stanley's reaches Lualaba River
1877 - Henry Morton Stanley reaches Boma during trip cross Africa
1885 - Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
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

20th Century

1904 - Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors
1912 - Bulgaria, Greece and 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
1920 - Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
1921 - Belgium's public library law goes into force
1922 - Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London
1923 - Catholic University of Nijmegen Netherlands opens
1927 - Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL president
1933 - Albert Einstein arrives in U.S., a refugee from Nazi Germany
1934 - "The Aldrich Family" premieres on radio
1935 - Pacific Assoc of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics
1940 - German occupiers issue identity cards
1941 - 1st U.S. destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland
1943 - Liberators sink U-540 and U-631
1951 - Egyptian army fires on British troops
1954 - Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs. Washington (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
1957 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visits White House
1957 - "Copper and Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 36 performances
1957 - Dike Marken-Dutch mainland closed
1957 - French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
1957 - II Tsjoendrigar becomes premier of Pakistan
1959 - "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater New York City after 87 performances
1959 - Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse
1959 - Stinchcomb Memorial in Cleveland Metroparks' dedicated
1960 - "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 216 performances
1960 - U.S. and Britain sign accord for nuclear sub 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
1961 - NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd
1962 - Yankees beat Giants for 20th world championship
1963 - "Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 82 performances
1964 - Yankees fire Manager Yogi Berra
1965 - Largest newspaper-Sunday New York Times at 946 pages (50 cents )
1965 - "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" opens in New York City for 280 performances
1965 - WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1967 - Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS
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 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1969 - New York 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
1970 - Anwar Sadat sworn in as president of Egypt
1971 - Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
1971 - Judy Rankin wins LPGA Quality-First Golf Classic
1971 - Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
1972 - 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
1972 - Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in New York City
1972 - Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1
1973 - 5-mo oil embargo by Arab states against U.S. and Netherlands begins
1973 - Arabs decrease oil production
1974 - "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse New York City after 1065 per
1974 - NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
1974 - Oakland A's beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yankees to win 3 straight series
1974 - Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
1975 - 1st Space Shuttle main engine test at National Space Tech Labs, Miss
1975 - Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely
1975 - U.N. passes resolution saying "Zionism is a form of racism"
1976 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1976 - Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
1977 - Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament
1977 - West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages and killing 3 of 4 hijackers
1978 - New York Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
1978 - New York Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
1978 - President Carter signs bill restoring Jefferson Davis citizenship
1978 - U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1978 - Yankees win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
1979 - "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 920 performances
1979 - D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8
1979 - Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1979 - Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
1979 - President Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education
1980 - 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW vs. Qld (2-52 and 1-39)
1982 - 1st live orchestra on commerical network since 1954 (National Symphony)
1982 - Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1982 - Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series
1982 - Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in New York City
1982 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1983 - Nobel prize for economy 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 won the Nobel Prize in literature
1985 - Lou Piniella named New York Yankee manager
1986 - U.S. Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens and offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982
1986 - Yitzak Rabin forms Israeli government
1987 - 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)
1987 - 1st lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy
1987 - "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater New York City after 4 performances
1988 - 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
1988 - Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of New York Yankees
1988 - Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment
1988 - Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft
1988 - Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title
1988 - Traveling Wilbury's 1st release "Handle With Care"
1989 - Earthquake in San Francisco (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67
1990 - "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon New York City for 216 performances
1990 - "Les Miserables," opens at Imperial Theatre, New York and His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
1991 - Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
1991 - Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates for NL pennant in 7 games
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 - Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals and 744 assists)
1992 - 1st World Series with non-U.S. team, Toronto loses 3-1 to Braves
1993 - Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
1994 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championships of Women's Golf
1994 - Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena
1994 - Kapil Dev's final one-day international (v West Indies)
1995 - Keith Moore sentenced to 6 years for robbing Sting of $9,000,000
1996 - "Taking Sides," opens at Atkinson Theater New York City

21st Century

2006 - United States population reaches 300 million people


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