October 17 Events in History - October 17 Birthdays - October 17 Deaths
2014 Lawyer Ron Klain has been appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama as Ebola Response Coordinator to organize government response to Ebola cases; though not medically trained, Klain has been selected for his managerial and problem-solving experience
2014 A recent study of over 11,000 people suggests that exercising three times per week can reduce depression risk by 19%, with an added risk reduction of 6% for every additional round of exercise
2013 The UN Security Council elects Lithuania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Chad and Chile to a two-year term beginning January 1, 2014
2013 In Gamla Uppsala, Sweden, archeologists discover mysterious posts in perfect alignment for the length of a kilometre in what is believed to be a display of power from a fifth century chieftain
2012 Astronomers have identified the nearest planet outside of our Solar System, Alpha Centauri B, which circles its star much closer than Mercury orbits our Sun
2012 Amidst controversy over the anti-doping scandal, Lance Armstrong resigns as chairman of LIVESTRONG, his anti-cancer charity
2011 U.S. company Apple Inc. breaks company sales records with the release of its iPhone 4S smartphone with over 4 million units sold in 4 days
2011 In Mexico, Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson opens the world's first commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, with flights expected to being by 2013
2010 Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop, is canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter's Square
2010 In a Potsdam speech, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, claims multiculturalism has 'failed' in Germany
2006 United States population reaches 300 million people
1996 "Taking Sides," opens at Atkinson Theater New York City
1995 Keith Moore sentenced to 6 years for robbing Sting of $9,000,000
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)
1993 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
1992 1st World Series with non-U.S. team, Toronto loses 3-1 to Braves
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)
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
1989 Earthquake in San Francisco (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67
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"
1987 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater New York City after 4 performances
1987 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)
1987 1st lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy
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
1985 French author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize in literature
1985 Lou Piniella named New York Yankee manager
1984 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Bruce Merrifield
1983 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Gerard Debreu
1983 STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem
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.
1980 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW vs. Qld (2-52 and 1-39)
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
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
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
1976 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1976 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
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"
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 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
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
1973 5-mo oil embargo by Arab states against U.S. and Netherlands begins
1973 Arabs decrease oil production
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
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
1970 Anwar Sadat sworn in as president of Egypt
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
1967 "Hair" premieres on Broadway
1967 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS
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.
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
1964 Yankees fire Manager Yogi Berra
1963 "Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 82 performances
1962 Yankees beat Giants for 20th world championship
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
1960 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 216 performances
1960 U.S. and Britain sign accord for nuclear sub bases
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
1957 "Copper and Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 36 performances
1957 Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visits White House
1957 Dike Marken-Dutch mainland closed
1957 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
1957 II Tsjoendrigar becomes premier of Pakistan
1956 England's 1st large scale nuclear power station opens
1956 Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
1955 Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel
1954 Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs. Washington (49-21)
1951 Egyptian army fires on British troops
1943 Liberators sink U-540 and U-631
1941 1st U.S. destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland
1940 German occupiers issue identity cards
1935 Pacific Assoc of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics
1934 "The Aldrich Family" premieres on radio
1933 Albert Einstein arrives in U.S., a refugee from Nazi Germany
1927 Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL president
1923 Catholic University of Nijmegen Netherlands opens
1922 Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London
1921 Belgium's public library law goes into force
1920 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
1919 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created
1918 De Kooy airport in Netherlands opens
1918 Yugoslavia proclaims itself a republic
1917 1st British bombing of Germany
1916 Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage
1912 Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declares war on Turkey
1904 Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors
1899 Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000
1896 Anton Tsjechovs "Chayka," premieres in St. Petersburg
1894 Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man
1885 Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
1877 Henry Morton Stanley reaches Boma during trip cross Africa
1876 Henry Morton Stanley's reaches Lualaba River
1871 Great Britain annexes Griqualand South Africa
1871 President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus
1868 Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect
1862 Battle of Leetown and Thoroughfare Gap, VA
1860 1st British Golf Open: Willie Park shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club
1860 1st pro golf tournament held (Scotland) (Willie Park wins)
1855 Bessemer steelmaking process patented
1850 Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized
1831 Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres
1829 Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
1829 German 1st assassination on abandoned teenager Kaspar Hauser
1825 1st French Liszts operette Don Sanche premieres in Paris
1815 Napoleon arrives in St. Helena
1808 Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
1800 Dutch colony Curacao transfered to England
1797 Peace of Campo Formio: Austrian Dutch possessions and France
1787 Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
1781 Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown
1777 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY
1740 Ivan VI becomes Czar of Russia
1720 Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour," premieres in Paris
1707 German composer Johann S Bach marries his niece Maria Bach
1691 New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth
1651 Future King Charles II flees from England
1556 Ex-emperor Karel departs Netherland for Spain
1492 Columbus sights isle of San Salvador (Watling Island, Bahamas)
1483 Tomas de Torquemada appointed inquisitor-general of Spain
1469 Crown prince Fernando of Aragon marries princess Isabella of Castilie
1415 Jewish autonomy in Palestine ends, as Raban Gamliel leaves office
1404 Cosma de' Migliorati elected Pope Innocentius VII
1387 Swells convent Windesheim initiated
733 Battle at Poitiers: Charles Martel beats Abd al-Rachmans Omajjaden
532 Boniface II ends his reign as Catholic Pope