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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)

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

1979Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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.

1990"Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 perfs

1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

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

1994Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

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

1651Future King Charles II flees from England

October 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 17th

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

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

October 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on October 17th

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

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

1975Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

1749US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

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

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

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

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

1916Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (33) weds Irma Seeman

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

October 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 17th

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

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

October 17th Deaths
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