Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
October 17th

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1404*Pope Innocent VII is elected to the papacy.Ref: 69
1483*Pope Sixtus IV launched the Spanish Inquisition, placing it under joint direction of the Church and state. Tomas de Torquemada, 63, was appointed Grand Inquisitor in charge of removing Jews and Muslims from Spain.Ref: 5
1529*Henry VIII of England strips Thomas Wolsey of his office for failing to secure an annulment of his marriage.Ref: 2
1662*Charles II sells Dunkirk to the French (Treaty of Dunkirk).Ref: 10
1691*New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth.Ref: 5
1778*(date approximate) A returning and defeated war party returns to Wappatomika. In their frustration and anger, Kenton loses his standing and protection. Kenton is again sentenced to death. However Girty is able to persuade those present that the execution should take place at Sandusky, 50 miles hence for greater spectacle. This bough Kenton a little time.Ref: 58
1787*Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities.Ref: 5
1789*In Philadelphia, as the second general convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church closed, a church constitution had been adopted. Canons of the new denomination were ratified and a revised version of the "Book of Common Prayer" was authorized.Ref: 5
1806*Napoleon Bonaparte arrives at the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he has been banished by the Allies.Ref: 2
1812*In Washington Co., PA, the first of seven eventual conferences convened, leading ultimately to the founding in 1836 of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States.Ref: 5
1812*Death of Henry Martyn, Anglican missionary to Persia. During his short life of 31 years, he translated the New Testament into Hindustani, later into Arabic and Persian. He died at sea, while returning to England.Ref: 5
1829*Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opened.Ref: 5
1849*Avery College establishes in Allegheny, PA.Ref: 5
1850 Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized.Ref: 5
1862*(Dakota Conflict) General Pope tells Colonel Sibley that "the President directs that no executions be made without his sanction."Ref: 87
1868*Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect.Ref: 5
1871*President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus.Ref: 5
1877*Brigadier General Alfred Terry meets with Sitting Bull in Canada to discuss the Indians' return to the United States. After the Little Bighorn and other 1876 confrontations with the U.S. Army, the great Hunkpapa Sioux Leader took his people north into Canada.Ref: 2
1899*Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000.Ref: 5
1902*First sleek ‘Runabout' Cadillac car shipped from Detroit to dealer in Buffalo NY.Ref: 10
1904*Bank of Italy, later Bank of America, opened by Amadeo Peter Giannini in San Francisco.Ref: 5
1918*Yugoslavia proclaims itself a republic.Ref: 5
1931*Mobster Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He will be released in 1939.Ref: 70
1933*Due to rising anti-Semitism and anti-intellectualism in Hitler's Germany, Albert Einstein immigrates to the United States. He makes his new home in Princeton, N.J.Ref: 2
1945*Norris Bradbury takes over as director of Los Alamos (a position he would hold for 25 years).Ref: 91
1945*UN's Food & Agriculture Organization comes into existence.Ref: 5
1956*The nuclear power station Calder Hall is opened in Britain. Calder Hall is the first nuclear station to feed an appreciable amount of power into a civilian network.Ref: 2
1957*French author Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.Ref: 70
1957*Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit White House.Ref: 5
1959*Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse.Ref: 5
1969*A fuel loading error at the Saint-Laurent reactor in France leads to a partial meltdownRef: 62
1973 Arab oil-producing nations announced they would begin cutting back on oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.Ref: 70
1977*Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament.Ref: 5
1978*President Carter signed a bill restoring U.S. citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.Ref: 70
1979*Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her years of work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.Ref: 70
1986*US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982.Ref: 5
1987*First lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.Ref: 70
1988*Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft.Ref: 5
1988*Lyndon LaRouche pleads innocent to fraud, conspiracy indictment.Ref: 5
1991*News anchor Bree Walker Lampley files an FCC complaint that LA radio KFI-AM personally attacked her by discussing her having a disformed babyRef: 5
1994 Leaders of Israel and Jordan initialed a draft peace treaty.Ref: 6
1997 The remains of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara were laid to rest in his adopted Cuba, 30 years after his execution in Bolivia.Ref: 70
2001*The House of Representatives announced plans to close for an anthrax sweep after 31 people at the Capitol tested positive for exposure to anthrax; NY Gov. George Pataki's Manhattan office was evacuated after anthrax was detected.Ref: 70
2003*John Robinson Sr, age 59, avoids a possible death sentence by admitting he killed five women in Missouri. Robinson had already been convicted of killing three women in Kansas, according to USA Today. (USA Today, p 3A, 10/17/2003)Ref: 14
1492*Columbus sights isle of San Salvador (Watling Island, Bahamas).Ref: 5
1855*Henry Bessemer patents his process for making steel.Ref: 5
1961*NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m.Ref: 5
1967*Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km.Ref: 5
1969*Soyuz 7 returns to Earth.Ref: 5
1973*Ritchie and Thompson's UNIX paperRef: 62
1975*First Space Shuttle main engine test at Natl Space Tech Labs, Miss.Ref: 5
1983*STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem.Ref: 5
1985*Intel introduced the 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip. It was the first Intel/*86 chip to handle 32-bit data sets. It ran at ‘clock speeds’ of up to 33 MHz -- blazingly fast in 1985.Ref: 4
1244*The Sixth Crusade ends when an Egyptian-Khwarismian force almost annihilates the Frankish army at Gaza.Ref: 2
1346*English forces defeat the Scots under David II during the Battle of Neville's Cross, Scotland.Ref: 2
1777*British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrender 5000 men to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.Ref: 70
1797*Peace of Campo Formio between France & Austria gives France Belgium, Austria gets Venice.Ref: 10
1849*British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras.Ref: 5
1859*Robert E. Lee's federal troops hit Harper's Ferry; John Brown arrested for treason; 10 men die.Ref: 10
1863*General Ulysses S. Grant is named overall Union Commander of the West. The Mexican War gave future Civil War generals, including U.S. Grant, their first taste of combat.Ref: 2
1915*France at war with Bulgaria.Ref: 38
1917*Antilles, American transport, westbound from France, is sunk by submarine; 67 lost.Ref: 38
1917*Austro-German forces break through at Caporetto on Italian front. 
1918*Last ship sunk by a U-boat in WWI (SS Lucia).Ref: 51
1941*The U.S. destroyer Kearney is damaged by a German U-boat torpedo off Iceland; 11 Americans are killed. The Kearney is the first US destroyer torpedoed in World War II.Ref: 2
1941*Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow.Ref: 5
1944*Eichmann arrives in Hungary.Ref: 35
1945*Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.Ref: 70
1972*Peace talks between Pathet Lao and Royal Lao government begin in Vietnam.Ref: 2
1990*US forces reach 200,000 in the Persian Gulf.Ref: 5
1860*First pro golf tournament held (Scotland) (Willie Park wins).Ref: 5
1920*Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play first NFL game, win 7-0.Ref: 5
1935*Pacific Assoc of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics.Ref: 5
1947*Pat Harder, Chicago Cardinals, shares individual game record: points after touchdowns [9: Cardinals vs. NY Giants]Ref: 4
1948*Pat Harder, kicker, shares individual game record: points after touchdowns with 9 in a game with the Chicago Cardinals vs. NY Giants.Ref: 4
1954*Phila Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash (49-21).Ref: 5
1964*Despite a 99-63 record, the Yankees fire Yogi Berra after losing the 1964 World Series to the Cardinals in seven games.Ref: 1
1964*Manager Johnny Keane of the World Champs Cardinals resigns unexpectedly. The former St. Louis skipper will take Yankee job which opens as the result of the firing of Yogi Berra which also occurs today.Ref: 1
1969*(Long Island) NY Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead NY.Ref: 5
1971*Roberto Clemente’s bat, Steve Blass’ pitching, and the leadership of Willie Stargell made the Pittsburgh Pirates World Series winners. After losing the first two games, the Bucs came back to win three consecutive -- and eventually their fourth world championship. Steve Blass hurled a four-hitter and Roberto Clemente homered as the Pirates won Game 7, 2-1.Ref: 4
1972*First time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins.Ref: 5
1974*NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak.Ref: 5
1974*Washington Capitals first NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3.Ref: 5
1974*Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series, makes A's the only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series.Ref: 5
1978*The NY Yankees were pounded 11-to-5 in the opening game of the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers also took game two 4-to-3. No American League team had ever recovered from an 0-2 deficit in the World Series -- until then. The Yankees won the next four games to clinch their 22nd world championship.Ref: 4
1978*NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8).Ref: 5
1979*D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8.Ref: 5
1979*After being down three games to one, Willie ‘Pops’ Stargell’s third World Series homer gave the Pittsburgh Pirates their third straight win, 4-1, and the world championship, four games to three. Stargell was Series MVP.Ref: 4
1985*Lou Pinella is named Yankee manager replacing Billy Martin.Ref: 1
1987*First World Series game in a covered stadium (Minnesota Metrodome) (World Series #84).Ref: 5
1988 Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF women's title.Ref: 5
1988*Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of the NY Yankees.Ref: 5
1989*Millions were watching the third game of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, when much to their horror, the seats at Candlestick Park began to rock, light towers swayed, and 58,000 fans became eerily quiet. An earthquake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, had hit the San Francisco Bay area at 5:04 p.m. The World Series will resume 10 days later.Ref: 4
1990*In Game 1 of the World Series, Oakland's ten-game post-season winning streak ends as the Reds beat the A's, 7-0. Reds outfielder Eric Davis becomes the 22nd player to hit a homer in his first Fall Classic at-bat.Ref: 70
1990*The Mets and Reds swap relievers Randy Myers goes to Cincinnati and fellow closer John Franco will finish games in New York.Ref: 5
1992*The Toronto Blue Jays play their first ever World Series game, losing 3-1 to the Atlanta Braves.Ref: 86
1998*(thru the 21st) Playing in their 2nd World Series, the San Diego Padres drop 4 straight to the Yankees, winners of a record 125 regular and post-season games.Ref: 86
1999*Down 3-1 in the National League Championship Series, the New York Mets battled the Braves in a thrilling 15 inning game. In the top of the 15th inning, the Braves took a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets rallied to tie the game at three. Robin Ventura then hit a grand slam home run to win the game. Later, the hit was ruled as a single after the on-field celebration prevented Ventura from advancing past third. The final score was 4-3.Ref: 86
2000*In a come-from-behind victory over the Mariners, 9-7, David Justice's three-run homer propels the Yankees to their record 37th AL pennant setting up the for the first time in 44 years a Subway Series inRef: 1
2000*Mariner Dan Wilson snaps the longest hitless streak in postseason history by ending his 0-for-42 skid with an opposite field single. Tiger Marv Owen had gone 0-for-31 in the 1934 and 1935 World Series.Ref: 1
2002*The legal suit against the fan who caught Barry Bond's record breaking 73rd home run at Pac Bell Park, brought three friends, claiming a promise, in exchange for a ticket to the game to split the ball's value if caught, is settled when Jay Arsenault agrees to sell the ball and divide the money. Arsenault's lawyer said had his client initially eluded the friends because of being overwhelmed by the situation.Ref: 1
2003*John Henry Williams, son of baseball great Ted Williams, has leukemia, according to USA Today. (USA Today, p 1C, 10/17/2003)Ref: 13
1845 According to a Boston newspaper, the entire audience walked out of a reading of The Raven because of their objection to Edgar Allan Poe, the reader and author of the macabre story, not the material.Ref: 4
1888 The first issue of National Geographic Magazine goes on sale at newsstands.Ref: 4
1933 News-Week appeared on the corner newsstand for the first time. Seven pictures graced the magazine’s first cover, depicting an important happening for each day of theweek. In 1937, the publication’s masthead sported a new name: Newsweek.Ref: 4
1934 "The Aldrich Family" premieres on radio.Ref: 5
1938 NBC moved to the corner of Sunset and Vine, the ‘Crossroads of the World’. The new Hollywood Radio City drew thousands of visitors ready to fill studio-audience seats for popular radio programs.Ref: 4
1940*One year before recording that memorable song, Fry Me Cookie, with a Can of Lard, Will Bradley’s orchestra recorded Five O’Clock Whistle, also on Columbia Records.Ref: 4
1945*Actress Ava Gardner marries bandleader Artie Shaw.Ref: 4
1953*The first concert of contemporary Canadian music presented in the U.S. was performed by conductor Leopold Stokowski at Carnegie Hall in NY City.Ref: 4
1955 The first Ann Landers column was printedRef: 62
1955*Lee Merriwether joins the Today Show panel.Ref: 5
1955*Jose Ferrer and Claire Bloom starred on NBC’s Producer’s Showcase. They performed in Cyrano De Bergerac. Ferrer also won an Oscar for his performance in the film version.Ref: 4
1961 NY Museum of Modern Art hung Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down, It wasn't corrected until December 3rd.Ref: 5
1962*Though the ‘Fab Four’ would appear on both radio and television, on what they would call ‘Auntie Beeb’ (the BBC), The Beatles made their first appearance this day on Great Britain’s Granada TV Network. The show from Manchester, England was "People and Places".Ref: 4
1966*"Hollywood Squares"TV game show premieres.Ref: 10
1967*Memorial service for Brian Epstein at New London Synagogue.Ref: 5
1967*The rock musical Hair opened to rave reviews at the Anspacher Theatre in New York City. The smash ran for 1,758 performances.Ref: 4
1967*Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS.Ref: 5
1969*Plastic Ono Band's "Cold Turkey" is released in UK.Ref: 5
1983*Actor Anthony Quinn lit up the Great White Way in the revival of the 1968 musical, Zorba, that reunited Quinn with Lila Kedrova, who played Madame Hortense. They both had appeared in the film portrayal, Zorba the Greek, which won Quinn a nomination for Best Actor, and an Oscar for Kedrova as Best Supporting Actress. This was one of the few films that came before the Broadway show, rather than the reverse.Ref: 4
1988*Traveling Wilbury's first release "Handle With Care".Ref: 5
1582*Birth of German scholar Johann Gerhard, most influential of the 17th century Lutheran theologians. His writings attained a European circulation second only to the Bible and Thomas a Kempis' "Imitation of Christ."Ref: 5
1711*Jupiter Hammon first American black to publish poetry (Complete Works), is born.Ref: 5
1752*Birth of Johann G. Eichhorn, German Old Testament scholar. Eichhorn was a pioneer in "higher criticism," which evaluated Scripture through literary analysis and historical evidence, rather than by the unquestioned authority of systematized religious tradition.Ref: 5
1780*Richard Johnson 9th U.S. Vice President [1837-1841: under President Martin Van Buren]; is born.Ref: 4
1792*Birth of John Bowring, English statesman, linguist, merchant, theologian and author of the hymn, "In the Cross of Christ I Glory."Ref: 5
1813 Georg Büchner is born.Ref: 10
1817*Samuel Ringgold Ward Maryland, minister/abolitionist/author, is born.Ref: 5
1821*Alexander Gardner, American photographer who documented the Civil War and the West, is born.Ref: 2
1835*Alexandrine-Pieternella-Francoise Tinn‚ explored the White Nile, is born.Ref: 5
1848*William "Candy" Cummings, created the curve ball, is born.Ref: 5
1859*Childe Hassam, American impressionist painter and illustrator, is born.Ref: 2
1859*William "Buck" Ewing hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cin Reds), is born.Ref: 5
1864*Elinor Glyn British novelist (3 Weeks), is born.Ref: 5
1866*Ernest Goodpasture, American pathologist, is born.Ref: 70
1880*Charles Kraft, cheese mogul [w/brother James L.]: Kraft Food Company, is born.Ref: 4
1883 A.S. Neill is born.Ref: 10
1886*Ernest Goodpasture, American pathologist, is born.Ref: 70
1886*Spring Byington Colo Springs, actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), is born.Ref: 5
1893*Spring Byington actress: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Angels in the Outfield, In the Good Old Summertime, Jezebel, Little Women, Laramie, December Bride, is born.Ref: 4
1895*Doris Humphrey, modern dance choreographer, is born.Ref: 2
1900*Leon (Goose) Goslin baseball hall of famer (AL bat champ 1928), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Lloyd Corrigan SF, actor (Papa Dodger-Willy, Prof McKillup-Hank), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Jean Arthur (Gladys Georgianna Greene) actress: Shane, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Jean Arthur Show; is born.Ref: 4
1902*Irene Ryan (Noblette) actress: The Beverly Hillbillies, Heading for Heaven; is born.Ref: 4
1903*Nathaneal West, novelist and screenwriter (Miss Lonely Hearts, The Day of the Locust), is born.Ref: 2
1903*Irene Ryan El Paso Texas, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Jean Arthur NYC, actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Jean ArthurRef: 10
1909*Cozy (William Randolph) Cole musician: drums: played w/Cab Calloway, Louie Armstrong; is born.Ref: 4
1912*Albino Luciani, later Pope John Paul I (263rd Roman Catholic pope), is born in Belluno, northern Italy.Ref: 4
1914*Jerry (Jerome) Siegel cartoonist: Superman [w/Joe Shuster]; is born.Ref: 68
1915*Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge), is born.Ref: 2
1917*Composer, jazz musician Thelonious (Sphere) Monk is born.Ref: 68
1917*Marsha Hunt Chicago Ill, actress (Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Rita Hayworth, the legendary Hollywood beauty, is born in New York City.Ref: 68
1920*(Edward) Montgomery Clift actor: From Here to Eternity, Suddenly Last Summer, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Misfits, A Place in the Sun, Raintree County; is born.Ref: 4
1920*Elie Abel journalist: NBC News; writer: What’s News : the Media in American Society, The Missile Crisis; dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, is born.Ref: 4
1921*Maria Gorokhovskaya USSR, gymnast (Olympic-gold-1952), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Beverly Garland Santa Cruz CA, actress (My 3 Sons), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Julie Adams Waterloo IA, actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Karl G Henize Cincinnati Ohio, astronaut (STS 51F), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Tom Poston Columbus Ohio, actor (Steve Allen Show, Newhart), is born. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1927*Johnny (John Calvin) Klippstein baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Redlegs, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959], Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965], Detroit Tigers; son-in-law of former pitcher Emil ‘Dutch’ Leonard, is born.Ref: 4
1928*James "Junior" Gilliam Dodgers (NL rookie of year 1953), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Julie Adams IA, actress (Away All Boats, Black Rose), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Jimmy Breslin Queens NYC, columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Paul Anderson US, light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic-gold-1956), is born.Ref: 5
1933*William A Anders Hong Kong, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (Robert Craig) is born in Butte MT.Ref: 68
1940*Jimmy Seals singer, musician: guitar, saxophone, fiddle: group: Seals and Crofts, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Alan Howard musician: bass: Brian Poole & The Tremeloes: Twist and Shout, Do You Love Me, Someone, Someone, is born.Ref: 4
1941*James Seals Sidney TX, singer (Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Gary Puckett vocalist (& the Union Gap-Woman Woman, Young Girl), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Susan Davenny Wyner New Haven Ct, soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Carol Cole West Medford Mass, actress (Ellie-Grady), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Dave Cutler CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Jim Tucker musician: guitar: group: The Turtles [until 1965], is born.Ref: 4
1946*Bob Seagren Pomona CA, actor (Soap)/pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-68), is born.Ref: 5
1946 -Cameron Mackintosh is born.Ref: 10
1947*Michael McKean NYC, actor (Lenny-Laverne & Shirley, Grand), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Charles A Ingene macromarketing researcher, is born.Ref: 5
1948*George Wendt Chicago Ill, actor (Norm-Cheers), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Margot Kidder Yellowknife, actress (Lois Lane, Amityville Horror), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Bill Hudson Portland Ore, comedians (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Timothy Bottoms Santa Barbara Calif, actor (Adam-East of Eden), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Howard E. Rollins Jr. actor: In the Heat of the Night, A Soldier’s Story, Ragtime, The Member of the Wedding; is born.Ref: 4
1952*Howard E Rollins Jr Balt Md, actor (Bannister-Wildside), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Sam Bottoms actor: The Witching of Ben Wagner, Project Shadowchaser 3000, Return to Eden, East of Eden, Bronco Billy, Apocalypse Now, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Class of ’44, The Last Picture Show, is born.Ref: 5
1956*Mae C Jemison Decatur AL, MD/astronaut (Sked:STS 47), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Steve McMichael football: Chicago Bears DT, is born.Ref: 4
1957*Vincent Van Patten, Belrose NY, actor (Apple's Way, 3 for the Road),son of actor Dick Van Patten, is born.Ref: 5
1958*Alan Jackson rocker (Don't Rock the Jukebox, Here in the Real World), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Dolph Lundgren actor (Rocky 4, Masters of the Universe), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Norm Macdonald actor, comedian, celebrity impersonator: Saturday Night Live, Billy Madison, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Doctor Dolittle, The Norm Show, ScrewedRef: 4
1965*Connie Ann Hearn, Anchorage Alaska, actress (New Kind of Family), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Ernie Els (Theodore Ernest Els) golf champ: U.S. Open [1994, 1997], is born.Ref: 4
1971*Chris Kirkpatrick singer: group: *N Sync, is born.Ref: 4
1972*Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) (rapper), is born.Ref: 4
1974 Eminem is born.Ref: 10
1978*Sharon Leal actress: Boston Public, Legacy, The Guiding Light, Face the Music, is born.Ref: 4
1983*Raymond Aron, French sociologist, historian and political commentator, dies at age 78.Ref: 70
532*Pope Boniface II dies.Ref: 69
1586 Sir Philip Sidney dies.Ref: 10
1780*Bernardo Bellotto, Italian "Vedute" painter, dies at age 60.Ref: 70
1793*During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded.Ref: 70
1806*Jean Jacques Dessalines Emperor of Haiti, dies.Ref: 5
1849*Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin dies in Paris of tuberculosis at the age of 39.Ref: 68
1887*Gustav Kirchoff discoverer of the laws of spectroscopy, dies.Ref: 5
1894*Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man.Ref: 5
1897*Charles Dana, American journalist and editor of the New York Sun, dies at age 78.Ref: 70
1910*Julia Ward Howe composer (Battle Hymn of the Republic), dies at age 91.Ref: 70
1913*Zeppelin LII explodes over London, killing 28.Ref: 2
1921 King Ludwig III Bavaria dies.Ref: 10
1934*Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Spanish histologist (Nobel, 1906 in medicine), dies.Ref: 17
1962*Natalya Goncharova, Russian painter, sculptor and stage designer, dies at age 81.Ref: 70
1964*Gerald Murphy, American expatriate; befriended, with wife, writers and artists in Paris in the 1920's, dies at age 76.Ref: 70
1967 Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China, dies.Ref: 10
1972*Leo G Carroll actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), dies at 80.Ref: 5
1972*Walter ‘Turk’ Broda Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL Vezina Trophy [1941, 1948, 1951]: Toronto Maple Leafs, goaltender for five Stanley Cup wins; dies.Ref: 4
1977*West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner that was on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages and killing three of the four hijackers.Ref: 70
1978*Dan Dailey, American actor/dancer, dies in Hollywood CA.Ref: 68
1979*S.J. (Sidney Joseph) Perelman humorist, writer, Academy Award-winning screenwriter: Around the World in 80 Days [1956]; Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, One Touch of Venus, Strictly from Hunger, Westward Ha!, Around the World in 80 Clichés; , dies at age 75.Ref: 5
1987*Dana Suesse songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1988*31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome.Ref: 5
1989*An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern CA, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage.Ref: 70
1990*Ralph Abernathy civil rights leader, dies.Ref: 5
1991*Tennessee Ernie Ford country singer (16 Tons), dies at 72Ref: 5
1999*Thomas Durden, who co-wrote (with Mae Boren Axton of Nashville) the lyrics to Elvis Presley's hit "Heartbreak Hotel," dies at his home in Houghton Lake, Michigan. He was 79. (21 Oct 99)Ref: 9
2000*Harry Cooper ‘Lighthorse’: World Golf Hall of Famer: Vardon Trophy winner [1937]; Canadian Open champion [1932,1937]; Bing Crosby Pro Am [1942]; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Israel's tourism minister, Rehavam Zeevi was shot to death in the first-ever assassination of a serving Cabinet minister by Palestinians.Ref: 70
2001*Jay Livingston composer: To Each His Own, Mona Lisa, Tammy; dies.Ref: 4

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