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17 Oct, 1973 - Kuwait Oil Embargo
1973 : Members of OPEC announced an oil embargo and that they would discontinue all oil shipments to those countries that supported Israel in its war against Syria and would decrease oil production by 5 per cent a month until Israel gave up all territory it seized in the 1967 war and restores the rights of the Palestinian refugees. As oil prices rose American consumers sought out more fuel efficient cars mostly from Japanese car makers whose cars gave nearly twice the miles per gallon as the existing American built cars did.

17 Oct, 1907 - U.S.A. Telegraph
1907 : The first commercial wireless telegraph is sent over the Atlantic Ocean.

17 Oct, 1927 - U.S.A. Air Mail
1927 : With the increase in air mail traffic the post office is encouraging people to use the service more by making it easy with a flat rate of 10 cents for letters weighing less than 1/2 ounce to anywhere in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. All that is needed is to include the word Air Mail next to the 10 cent stamp and put into any post box and the post office will do the rest.

17 Oct, 1931 - U.S.A. Al Capone
1931 : Scarface Al Capone well known gangster is found guilty of income tax evasion. One week later he was sentenced to 11 years in prison and a fine of $50,000.
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17 Oct, 1933 - U.S.A. Dr. Albert Einstein
1933 : Dr. Albert Einstein and his wife fleeing from Nazi Germany arrive in Princeton, New Jersey, where he will continue his scientific work at the Institute of Advanced Study.
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17 Oct, 1937 - U.S.A. Poultry Farmer Protection
1937 : The federal farm and administration is again stepping in to protect poultry farmers by offering to buy fresh and storage eggs ,in the spring of this year following the purchase of $2,000,000 of eggs they managed to help poultry farmers survive.

17 Oct, 1943 - Thailand to Burma Railway Completed
1943 : The 415-km Thailand Burma railroad (Death Railway) between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma is completed. During the construction of the railway approximately 13,000 prisoners of war and 100,000 civilians died due to the living and working conditions with most dying due to malnutrition, and diseases like cholera, malaria, and dysentery. Part of the railway was “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which was later made into a movie.

17 Oct, 1947 - Burma Independence
1947 : Britain and Burma signed an agreement today giving Burma full independence outside of the British Commonwealth if it chooses. This ends 300 years of British Rule over the country.

17 Oct, 1947 - U.S.A. Fire
1947 : A major fire in Maine caused more than a couple of hundred thousand acres of land along with several hundred of homes and at least a few hundred cottages were destroyed before it ended on November 14th.

17 Oct, 1952 - U.S.A. Mechanical Heart
1952 : The worlds first successful use of a mechanical heart on July 3rd during a heart operation was announced today, it kept a mans blood going through his body for a total of 50 minutes and he is still alive and well today.

17 Oct, 1956 - Sellafield Nuclear Power Station
October 17th, 1956 : Queen Elizabeth II officially opens Sellafield Nuclear Power Station although the power station had been providing electricity to the National Grid since 27th August 1956.

17 Oct, 1961 - France Algerian Independence
1961 : Paris police shoot and kill more than 200 Algerians marching in the city in support of peace talks to end their country's war of independence against France.

17 Oct, 1965 - U.S.A. Worlds Fair
October 17th, 1965 : The New York World's Fair ended which had started in 1964.
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17 Oct, 1968 - U.S.A. Worlds Fair
1968 : Two black athletes make the Black Power Salute " when they bow and raise a black gloved hand as the American National Anthem played during the victory ceremony for the 200m final in Mexico" as a silent protest against racial discrimination in the United during the Mexico Olympics Ceremony. On the 17th they were both sent home by the U.S.A. national team and many were upset that politics had been bought into the Olympics.
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17 Oct, 1978 - Scotland Grey Seal Cull
October 17th, 1978 : The Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior spends two weeks trailing the Norwegian boat Kvitungen preventing the start of the Grey Seal cull. And public opinion forces the Scottish Secretary Brian Millan to reduce the cull from 4,600 Grey Seal to 2,000 and local fisherman will perform the cull not the Norwegian boat.

17 Oct, 1979 - India Mother Teresa
1979 : Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the poor and destitute in Calcutta
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17 Oct, 1989 - Earthquake San Francisco
October 17th, 1989 : A major earthquake registering 6.9 on the Richter scale hit the San Francisco Bay Area today causing the evacuation of 60,000 fans from Candlestick Park waiting for Game Three of the World Series to begin. The earthquake caused the death of nine people and injured hundreds more in the San Fransisco area.
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17 Oct, 1992 - U.S.A. Dylan Concert
1992 : A concert to celebrate Bob Dylan and his 30 years of music bought fans from around the country to New York last night. But when Sinead O'Connor appeared on stage she was booed off stage. The reason the crowd gave her such a hard time was because this is the first public appearance since she was on "Saturday Night Live " on October 3rd where she ripped up a photograph of the Pope.

17 Oct, 1994 - England Taxi World Record
October 17th, 1994 : A world record is set by a British taxi driver Jeremy Levine after completing a round-trip journey to Cape Town South Africa of 26,691 miles. His passengers Mark Aylett and Carlos Aresse paid 40,000 pounds.

17 Oct, 1998 - Norway Nobel Peace Prize
1998 : David Trimble a Protestant and John Hume a Catholic are joint winners of this years Nobel Peace prize for helping to create a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

17 Oct, 1998 - Nigeria Pipeline Explosion
October 17th, 1998 : A pipeline explosion in Jesse, Nigeria, kills 700 people with the resulting fire burning for nearly a week. It is believed that the explosion was caused by local towns people tapping into the pipeline to steal oil but because the fire and explosion incinerated every person close by, the reason for the explosion was never fully explained.

17 Oct, 2000 - England Hatfield Rail Crash
2000 : A high speed passenger train derails just north of London at Hatfield leaving 4 dead.

17 Oct, 2003 - Taiwan Taipei 101
October 17th, 2003 : Taipei 101 become the World's tallest high-rise building at 1,671 feet after the pinnacle is fitted on the roof. The definition of tallest building in the world is disputed because of disputes over what and what not should be included.
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17 Oct, 2006 - Population Reaches 300 million
2006 : The United States population reaches 300 million (current 2017 population estimated at 326,051,818).

17 Oct, 2006 - Italy Train Crash Rome
October 17th, 2006 : Two metro trains crashed at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II station in Rome when one hit the back of another. One person died as a result of the crash while 110 people were injured.

17 Oct, 2007 - Burma More Arrests
2007 : Following the uprising in Burma / Myanmar squashed by the ruling junta, governments around the world continue to protest, Burma's leaders appear to remain defiant and are continuing to round up those suspected of involvement.

17 Oct, 2009 - H1N1 Virus / Swine Flue Vaccine
October 17th, 2009 : As the number of reported deaths from the H1N1 virus (swine flu) increases, US officials have warned of delays in the delivery of swine flu vaccine. (Update 2010) Swine flu was a major concern in the United States and around the world in October and November of 2009 with concerns that the flu could kill millions, but luckily it was not as deadly as many feared.

17 Oct, 2011 - Spaceport America Opens
2011 : Richard Branson opens the world's first commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, in the U.S. state of New Mexico, Plans are underway for flights to begin in just two years from the spaceport.

17 Oct, 2012 - Uruguay Legalizes Abortion
October 17th, 2012 : Uruguay became the second Latin American country to legalize abortion. The law would allow all women to have an abortion within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Women wishing to seek an abortion in the country would have to see a panel of experts and explain why they wanted an abortion and would then have to wait a few days before they could make their final decision.

17 Oct, 2013 - Florida Convicts Accidentally Released
2013 : Two convicted murderers in a Florida prison were accidentally released after forged paperwork ordering their release was mistaken as real. The prisoners, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were both serving life sentences and news of the mistake was not reported to authorities until a few weeks after their release.

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Rita Hayworth
Born: 17th October 1918 Margarita Carmen Cansino, New York, U.S.
Died: May 14, 1987, New York, U.S.
Known For : One of the great actresses and leading sex symbols from the 40s and 50s who starred in dozens of well known movies and was also recognized for her abilities as a dancer, during her career she danced with some of the greatest. Her movies included My Gal Sal, Tales of Manhattan, Tonight and Every Night, Gilda, The Lady from Shanghai, The Loves of Carmen, Fire Down Below and many many more.

Evel Knievel
Born: 17th October 1938, Butte, Montana, USA
Died: 30th November, 2007, Clearwater, Florida, USA
Known For : American motorcycle daredevil, renowned for making spectacular jumps over cars, trucks, buses in the US and around the world. Possibly 2 of his most well known stunts were jumping the fountains at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and jumping the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho after he realized his dream to jump the Grand Canyon would never gain the permissions required.