Today in History

Listings for Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Birthdays:


Events:
  • 1492 Columbus sights the isle of San Salvador.
  • 1777 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga, NY
  • 1781 Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown.
  • 1919 the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), is created.
  • 1931 Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion.
  • 1933 Albert Einstein arrives in the US, a refugee from Nazi Germany.
  • 1941 1st American destroyer torpedoed in WW II, USS Kearny off Iceland
  • 1973 The Arab oil embargo begins. It will last until March, 1974.
  • 1977 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa plane in Mogadishu Somalia, freeing 86 hostages & kill three of the four hijackers.
  • 1985 Intel 80386DX addresses 4 gigabytes of memory.
  • 1989 Destructive 7.1 earthquake strikes Northern California.
  • 2003 Tappei 101 becomes world's talest building with the addition of a 60m spire.

That's all for today.



Today In History