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10/17/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - October 17

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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 of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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

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Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1926 - Beverly Garland, Santa Cruz California, actress (My 3 Sons)
  • 1938 - Robert "Evel" Knievel, motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), (d. 2007)
  • 1958 - Alan Jackson, Newnan Ga, country singer (Here in the Real World)
  • 1972 - Eminem [Marshall Bruce Mathers III], Saint Joseph Missouri, rapper and movie star ('The Real Slim Shady', 'Stan' and '8 Mile')

Famous Weddings

  • 1469 - Crown prince Fernando of Aragon marries princess Isabella of Castile
  • 1707 - German composer Johann S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach
  • 1749 - US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley
  • 1826 - Historian Thomas Carlyle (30) weds Jane Welsh (25)
  • 1915 - American born poet (The Waste Land) T. S (Thomas Sterns) Eliot (27) marries 1st wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27)

Famous Deaths

  • 33 - Agrippina the Elder, Roman noblewoman (mother of Caligula), dies of starvation at 47
  • 1849 - Frederic Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer, dies at 39
  • 1868 - Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812 (b. 1775)
  • 1910 - Julia Ward Howe, composer (Battle Hymn of Republic), dies at 91
  • 2008 - Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops) (b. 1936)
  • 2009 - Vic Mizzy, American composer (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family) (b. 1916)

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