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Notable Historical Events for October 17th

1660Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered, another is hanged.

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

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

1991Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)

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.

1931Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison

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

1878After serving as the opposition for five years, John A. Macdonald is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada

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

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

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

1975Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

1916Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (33) weds Irma Seeman

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

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

1749US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

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

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

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

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

October 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 17th

33Agrippina the Elder, Roman noblewoman (mother of Caligula), dies of starvation at 47

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

October 17th Deaths
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