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Notable Historical Events for October 17th

1662Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)

1933Albert Einstein arrives in US, a refugee from Nazi Germany

1994Kapil Dev's final one-day international (v West Indies)

1994Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championships of Women's Golf

1939"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

1967Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

1964Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra

1346Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.

1961NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

1979Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

October 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 17th

1915Arthur Miller, NYC, playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), (d. 2005)

1938Robert "Evel" Knievel, motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), (d. 2007)

October 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on October 17th

2009Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

1945Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

1952Country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

1982Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

1916Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (33) weds Irma Seeman

1707German composer Johann S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

1975Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

1749US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

1968Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

1826Historian Thomas Carlyle (30) weds Jane Welsh (25)

October 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 17th

1868Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812 (b. 1775)

1849Frederic Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer, dies at 39

October 17th Deaths
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