10/17/2019 12:18:00 AM Today In History - October 17
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
Today in History in 1910 Julia Ward Howe, composer of the Battle Hymn of Republic died at age 91; in 1931 Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison; and in 1958 country singer Alan Jackson was born in Newman, Georgia.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years ofhistory. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
539 BC - King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration.
733 - Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel's Frankish and Burgundian forces beat those of al-Andalus under Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi halting influence of Islam
1907 - Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
1931 - Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison
2012 - The exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb is discovered orbiting Alpha Centauri
1903 - Irene Ryan, El Paso Texas, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies)
1915 - Arthur Miller, NYC, playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), (d. 2005)
1918 - Rita Hayworth, NY, [Marguerita C Casino], actress (Gilda, Pal Joey)
1920 - Montgomery Clift, Omaha NE, actor (From Here to Eternity)