Saturday, October 17, 2009
Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change states that power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe have failed to reach an agreement. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7677379.stm
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Dalai Lama is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress the decision is defended by George W. Bush.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Typhoon Tokage kill 98, injured 552 in western Japan.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono becomes the first directly elected President of Indonesia.
The Ministry of Defence approves the deployment of the Black Watch regiment of the British Army to Baghdad, Iraq, after a request for assistance by the U.S. government.
A referendum in Belarus
approves the lifting of constitutional term limits for the presidency.
Bolivia: Carlos Mesa is sworn in as the president of the country, after former president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada was forced to resign as protests and strikes escalated in the Bolivian Gas War.
Saturday, October 17, 1998
A pipeline explosion in Jesse, Nigeria results in 1,082 deaths.
The remains of Che Guevara
are laid to rest with full military honours in a specially built mausoleum in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba
, where he had won the decisive battle of the Cuba
n Revolution 39 years before.
Tuesday, October 17, 1995
French woman Jeanne Calment reaches the confirmed age of 120 years and 238 days, making her the oldest person ever recorded.
Saturday, October 17, 1992
Yoshihiro Hattori, a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student, mistakes the address of a party and is shot dead after knocking on the wrong door in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooter, Rodney Peairs, is later acquitted, sparking outrage in Japan.
Tuesday, October 17, 1989
The Communist leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker, is forced to step down as leader of the country after a series of health problems, and is succeeded by Egon Krenz.
Wednesday, October 17, 1979
Tuesday, October 17, 1978
The New York Yankees clinch their 22nd World Series chionship, defeating the Dodgers 7–2 in Los Angeles and winning the Series 4 games to 2.
Reggie Jackson blasts 3 home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
18 ndash German Autumn: GSG 9 troopers storm a hijacked Lufthansa passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia 3 of the 4 hijackers die.
German Autumn: Red Army Faction members Andreas Baader, Jan-Carl Raspe and Gudrun Ensslin commit suicide in Stammheim prison Irmgard Möller fails (their supporters still claim they were murdered). They are buried on October 27.
Wednesday, October 17, 1973
The Arab Oil Embargo against several countries which support Israel triggers the 1973 energy crisis
Tuesday, October 17, 1972
The first female FBI
agents are hired.
The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in 7 games against the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates' Roberto Clemente, who turned into a one-man gang in the Series, became the first Latino player to earn World Series MVP honors. Game 4 of the Series was also the first night game ever to be played in the World Series.
Spain demands that the United Kingdom stop military flights to Gibraltar
Britain refuses the next day.
British spy George Blake escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison he is next seen in Moscow.
The NY World's Fair
at Flushing Meadows, NY, closes. Due to financial losses, some of the projected site park improvements fail to materialize.
Tuesday, October 17, 1961
Paris massacre of 1961: French police in Paris attack about 30,000 protesting a curfew applied solely to Algerians. The official death toll is 3, but human rights groups claim 240 dead.
Wednesday, October 17, 1956
The Game of the Century: 13-year-old Bobby Fischer beats GM Donald Byrne in the NY Rosenwald chess tournament.
, aged 15, rescues victims of a house fire and becomes the youngest person to have been awarded the George Cross
Wednesday, October 17, 1951
' Eye logo premieres on TV.
An airliner flying from Paris to New York crashes in the Azores island of São Miguel. Among the victims are violinist Ginette Neveu and French boxer Marcel Cerdan.
Chinese communist troops fail to take Quemoy in the Battle of Kuningtou their advance towards Taiwan is halted.
Wednesday, October 17, 1945
A massive number of people, headed for CGT, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to demand Juan Perón's release. This is known to the Peronists as the "Día de la lealtad" (Loyalty Day). It is considered the founding day of Peronism.
WWII: The last commerce raider "hilfskreuzer Michel", was sunk off Japan by United States submarine "Tarpon".
WWII: The destroyer is torpedoed and damaged near Iceland, killing 11 sailors (the first American military casualties of the war).
Tuesday, October 17, 1933
Thursday, October 17, 1912
Thursday, October 17, 1907
Sunderland Association Football Club formed in the North East Of England.
Thursday, October 17, 1878
Wednesday, October 17, 1860
Wednesday, October 17, 1855
Tuesday, October 17, 1854
"The Age" newspaper is founded in Melbourne, Australia.
Emperor Jacques I of Haiti (Jean-Jacques Dessalines) is assassinated at the Pont-Rouge, Haiti, and Alexandre Pétion becomes first President of the Republic of Haiti.
Thursday, October 17, 1805
Saturday, October 17, 1801
Tuesday, October 17, 1797
Thursday, October 17, 1765
Saturday, October 17, 1739
British magistrate Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey is found murdered in Primrose Hill, London. Titus Oates claims it as a proof of his allegations.
Saturday, October 17, 1676
Louis XIII of France is crowned.
Winter ndash Dr. Bonham's Case is decided by Edward Coke, chief justice of England's Court of Common Pleas. Coke affirms the supremacy of the common law, which limits the power of Parliament as well as the king.
By this year, the Portuguese colony of Brazil has between 400 mills producing 57,000 tons of sugar a year and 230 mills producing 14,000 tons (estimates vary) The wealth the Portuguese acquire from selling sugar in Europe prompts the English and French to follow suit in this century.
experiences another inner vision in which he further understand the unity of the cosmos and that he has received a special vocation from God.
Tuesday, October 17, 1600
Friday, October 8, 1456 (Julianian calendar)
Alvise Cadamosto discovers some of the Cape Verde Islands.
Tuesday, October 8, 1448 (Julianian calendar)
The Vatican Library is founded by Pope Nicholas V.
Vlad III the Impaler becomes reigning Prince of Wallachia for two months before being deposed by Vladislav II.
After a long episode of drought, flood, locust infestation, and famine in Ming Dynasty China since the year 1434, these natural afflictions finally wane and agriculture and commerce return to a state of normality.
Wednesday, October 8, 1404 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, October 9, 1356 (Julianian calendar)
proclaims himself king of Sweden, in opposition to his father, king Magnus
. Thus begins a civil war in Sweden between father and son, which will last until Erik's death in 1359
Monday, October 9, 1346 (Julianian calendar)
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Battle of Neville's Cross
: English army defeats the Scots.Kinross, John. "Discovering Battlefields of England and Scotland." Princes Risborough: Shire, 2008. p. 40 ISBN 0-7478-0370-6
Saturday, October 15, 589 (Julianian calendar)
The Adige River
overflows its banks, flooding the church of St. Zeno and damaging the walls of Verona
The Council of Narbonne is held.
The Chinese scholar-official Yan Zhitui makes the first reference to the use of toilet paper
in human history.
Friday, October 15, 532 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, October 16, 456 (Julianian calendar)