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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Tuesday - October 17th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1880Charles Kraft, founder of the Kraft Food Company, supplier of Kraft Dinners to undergraduates everywhere.
      Today, this person is/would be 137 years old.
1912Albino Luciani, aka Pope John Paul I, in Forno di Canale, Italy. Elected the 263rd Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on September 28, 1978, he died just 34 days later. It was fun while it lasted.
      Today, this person is/would be 105 years old.
1915Arthur Miller, American playwright. Play: Death of A Salesman.
      Today, this person is/would be 102 years old.
1918Rita Hayworth, actress.
      Today, this person is/would be 99 years old.
1920Montgomery Clift, actor.
      Today, this person is/would be 97 years old.
1930Jimmy Breslin, hard-drinking hard-living New York newspaper columnist
      Today, this person is/would be 87 years old.
1938Robert Craig, aka Evel Knievel, dare-devil stunt driver. Once claimed that he had broken every bone in his body at least once.
      Today, this person is/would be 79 years old.
1948George Wendt, of Cheers fame, (NORM!).
      Today, this person is/would be 69 years old.
1958Alan Jackson, singer songwriter.
      Today, this person is/would be 59 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

1781Cornwall is defeated at Yorktown.
1860First professional golf tournament is held (in Scotland).
1888The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" is published.
1904Bank of Italy (precursor of the Bank of America) opens its doors.
1917The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is formed.
1931Legendary Chicago gangster Al Capone is convicted on income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.
1933Dr. Albert Einstein moves to Princeton, NJ, after leaving Germany.
1945Colonel Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina after staging a coup in Buenos Aires.
1967The pro-hippie anti-Vietnam War musical "Hair" premieres at New York's Public Theatre. The show ran for 1,758 performances. "Let The Sunshine In"
1973Eleven Arab nations began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Isarael when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasts until March of 1974.
1978US President Carter signs a bill restoring US citizenship to long-deceased Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1979Mother Teresa of India is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1989An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale hits the San Francisco Bay area in California. The quake causes about 67 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $7 billion, but it's not The Big One.
1994Israel and Jordan initial a draft peace treaty.
1994The Angolan government and rebels agree to a peace treaty which ends their 19 years of civil war.
1995In London, Sting's former financial adviser is sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of stealing $9.4 million from the musician.
1995Rhino Home Video releases 58 episodes of "The Monkees" on 21 cassettes. It was the largest video boxed set to be released. The scary part was that there actually were people who bought it.
1997The remains of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara are laid to rest in his adopted Cuba, 30 years after his execution in Bolivia.

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