Today in history
Today is Sunday, October 17, the 290th day of 2021. There are 75 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On October 17, 1777, British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops at Saratoga, New York, at a turning point in the War of Independence.
To this date :
In 1919, Radio Corp. of America was created.
In 1931, gangster Al Capone was convicted in Chicago of tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)
In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
In 1957, the movie “Jailhouse Rock”, starring Elvis Presley, had its world premiere in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1966, 12 New York firefighters were killed while fighting a fire in lower Manhattan. The game show “The Hollywood Squares” premiered on NBC.
In 1967, Puyi (poo-yee), the last emperor of China, died in Beijing at the age of 61.
In 1973, the oil-producing Arab countries announced that they would start reducing their oil exports to Western countries and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.
In 1978, President Carter signed a bill restoring US citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
In 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1989, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $ 6 billion in damage.
In 2014, the World Health Organization admitted that it had failed in its attempts to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, blaming factors such as incompetence of staff, lack of information and cuts. budgetary.
In 2018, residents of the Florida Panhandle community in Mexico Beach who fled Hurricane Michael a week earlier returned home to find tattered homes, businesses and campers; the storm had killed at least 59 people and caused more than $ 25 billion in damage in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.
Ten Years Ago: Driving through small Southern towns in a country-style bus, President Barack Obama urged Washington lawmakers to start picking up chunks of his rejected jobs bill and scoffed Republicans who had shot him down. Financier Carl Lindner Jr., who used his experience as head of the family dairy to build a business empire whose scope included baseball, banking and bananas, has died at the age of 92.
Five years ago: A long-awaited offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul (MOH’-sul) from the Islamic State group began with a flurry of US-led coalition airstrikes and artillery shelling heavy on a group of villages east of the militant-town held. Orbital ATK’s Antares unmanned rocket took off from Wallops Island in Virginia on a refueling mission to the International Space Station; it was the first flight of an Antares since a launch explosion in 2014.
A year ago: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state theaters could reopen the following week, with audience size restrictions and other coronavirus precautions in place; New York theaters were not included. Iran has said its coronavirus death toll has passed 30,000, in what has been the Middle East’s worst outbreak. The Tampa Bay Rays reached the World Series for the second time, beating the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. (The Rays would lose the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.)
Today’s birthdays: Actor Marsha Hunt is 104 years old. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 79 years old. Singer Gary Puckett is 79 years old. Actor Michael McKean is 74 years old. Actor George Wendt is 73 years old. Actor-singer Bill Hudson is 72 years old. Astronaut Mae Jemison is 65. Country singer Alan Jackson is 63. Film critic Richard Roeper is 62 years old. Director Rob Marshall is 61. Actor Grant Shaud is 61 years old. Host Mike Judge is 59 years old. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 58 years old. ‘Dif is 54 years old. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 53 years old. Actor Wood Harris is 52 years old. Singer Wyclef Jean (zhahn) is 52 years old. The World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els is 52 years old. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick (‘N Sync) is 50 years old. Rapper Eminem is 49 years old. Actress Sharon Leal is 49 years old. Actor Matthew Macfadyen is 47 years old. Actress Felicity Jones is 38. Actor Chris Lowell is 37 years old.