by Bob Fields

On October 17:

Arthur Miller (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Rita Hayworth (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Evel Knievel (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1900 – Jean Arthur*, American actress (d. 1991) (The More the Merrier).
1912 – Pope John Paul I, who died 33 days after being elected (d. 1978).
1915 – Arthur Miller, American author and playwright (d. 2005) (Death of a SalesmanThe CrucibleA Streetcar Named Desire).
1918 – Rita Hayworth*, American actress and dancer (d. 1987) (GildaCover Girl).
1920 – Montgomery Clift*, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1966) (From Here to Eternity).
1938 – Evel Knievel, American motorcycle rider and stuntman (d. 2007).
1968 – Ziggy Marley*, Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor.
1969 – Wyclef Jean*, Haitian-American rapper, producer, and actor (Fugees)


Agrippina the Elder (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Frederic Chopin (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Saint Ignatius (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











33 – Agrippina the Elder, Roman wife of Germanicus, granddaughter of Augustus, mother of Caligula, grandmother of Nero; of starvation while in prison (b. 14 BC).
1849 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish pianist and composer (b. 1810) (BalladesÉtudesMazurkasNocturnesPolonaises).
1910 – Julia Ward Howe, American poet and songwriter (b. 1819) (“The Battle Hymn of the Republic“).
1937 – J. Bruce Ismay*, English businessman, director of the White Star LineTitanic survivor (b. 1862).
1991 – Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and actor (b. 1919) (“Sixteen Tons“).

Feast day of Saint Ignatius of Antioch*, who was martyred by being fed to wild beasts in the Colosseum in Rome.

Other Events:

Surrender of Burgoyne (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Surrender of Cornwallis (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Mother Teresa (Image Credit: WikiTree)








1346 – Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years, ending the Scottish invasion of northern England.
1660 – Nine regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered.
1777 – American Revolution: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army of 6000 at Saratoga, New York, the turning point of the war because it brings French assistance to the Americans.
1781 – American Revolution: British General Lord Charles Cornwallis asks for capitulation terms at the Siege of Yorktown. He surrenders 7000 soldiers after two days of negotiations.
1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
1917 – First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
1931 – Mobster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for income tax evasion.
1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
1968 – Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.
1973 – OPEC imposes an oil embargo against a number of Western countries who helped Israel.
1979 – Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1989 – The Loma Prieta earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area and causes 63 deaths.

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