This was 291st day of the year and 75 days remained in the year.

October 17 Birthdays

Mae C. Jemison
1956—, physician, astronaut. Birthplace: Decatur, Ala.

Nathanael West
novelist (1903)

Irene Ryan
actor (1903)

Arthur Miller
playwright (1915)

Rita Hayworth
actress (1918)

Montgomery Clift
actor (1920)

Evel Knievel
daredevil (1938)

Margot Kidder
actress (1948)

Ernie Els
golfer (1969)

rapper (1972)

October 17 in History


British Gen. Burgoyne surrendered in Saratoga, N.Y. during the American Revolution.


Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion for which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.


Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.


Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in Calcutta, India.


An earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude killed 67 and injured over 3,000 in San Francisco.


Occupy Wall Street, an organized protest in New York's financial district, expands to other cities across the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Occupy Wall Street defines itself as a group of activists who stand against corporate greed, social inequality, and the disproportion between the rich and poor.

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