October 17th Events

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October 17th, 2007 (October 17 2007)EventThe Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal.
October 17th, 2006 (October 17 2006)EventThe United States population reaches 300 million.
October 17th, 2005 (October 17 2005)EventThe Colbert Report first airs.
October 17th, 2003 (October 17 2003)EventThe 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.
October 17th, 2003 (October 17 2003)EventEunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
October 17th, 2000 (October 17 2000)EventTrain crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
October 17th, 1998 (October 17 1998)EventAt Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
October 17th, 1989 (October 17 1989)EventLoma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 57 deaths directly (and 6 indirectly).
October 17th, 1979 (October 17 1979)EventMother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
October 17th, 1979 (October 17 1979)EventThe Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services. Both replace the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
October 17th, 1977 (October 17 1977)EventGerman Autumn: Four days after it was hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board.
October 17th, 1973 (October 17 1973)EventOPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
October 17th, 1970 (October 17 1970)EventMontreal, Quebec: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
October 17th, 1966 (October 17 1966)EventA fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department s deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
October 17th, 1965 (October 17 1965)EventThe 1964-1965 New York World s Fair closes after a two year run. More than 51 million people had attended the two-year event.
October 17th, 1961 (October 17 1961)EventScores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.
October 17th, 1945 (October 17 1945)EventA massive number of people, headed by CGT and Evita, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to demand Juan Peron s release. This is known to the Peronists as the Dia de la lealtad (day of loyalty). It s considered the birthday of Peronism.
October 17th, 1941 (October 17 1941)EventFor the first time in World War II, a German submarine attacks an American ship.
October 17th, 1933 (October 17 1933)EventAlbert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany, moves to the US.Albert Einstein Quotes
October 17th, 1931 (October 17 1931)EventAl Capone convicted of income tax evasion.Al Capone Quotes
October 17th, 1917 (October 17 1917)EventFirst British bombing of Germany in World War I.
October 17th, 1912 (October 17 1912)EventBulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
October 17th, 1907 (October 17 1907)EventGuglielmo Marconi s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.Guglielmo Marconi Quotes
October 17th, 1888 (October 17 1888)EventThomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
October 17th, 1860 (October 17 1860)EventFirst The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
October 17th, 1806 (October 17 1806)EventFormer leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti was assassinated after an oppressive rule.
October 17th, 1800 (October 17 1800)EventEngland takes control of the Dutch colony of Curacao.Cao Cao Quotes
October 17th, 1797 (October 17 1797)EventTreaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria.
October 17th, 1781 (October 17 1781)EventGeneral Charles Cornwallis offers his surrender to the American revolutionists at Yorktown, Virginia.
October 17th, 1777 (October 17 1777)EventAmerican troops defeat the British in the Battle of Saratoga.
October 17th, 1662 (October 17 1662)EventCharles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
October 17th, 1660 (October 17 1660)EventNine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered, another is hanged.
October 17th, 1610 (October 17 1610)EventFrench king Louis XIII is crowned in Rheims.
October 17th, 1604 (October 17 1604)EventKepler s Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes that an exceptionally bright star had suddenly appeared in the constellation. Ophiuchus, which turned out to be the last supernova to have been observed in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
October 17th, 1456 (October 17 1456)EventThe University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia)
October 17th, 1448 (October 17 1448)EventSecond Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi were defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
October 17th, 1346 (October 17 1346)EventBattle 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.
October 17th, 1244 (October 17 1244)EventBattle of La Forbie: Crusaders are defeated by Khwarezmians and Egyptians.
October 17th, 1091 (October 17 1091)EventT8/F4 tornado strikes the heart of London.
October 17th, 0539 (October 17 0539)EventKing Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration.

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