Today in History
Listings for Saturday, October 17, 2020.
- 1893 Spring Byington
- 1905 Jean Arthur
- 1915 Arthur Miller, playwright (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible)
- 1919 Rita Hayworth, actress, Alzheimer's victim
- 1920 Montgomery Clift
- 1921 Tom Poston
- 1930 Jimmy Breslin
- 1938 Robert 'Evel' Knievel, motorcycle daredevil
- 1938 Evel Knievel
- 1948 George Wendt
- 1948 Margot Kidder
- 1950 Howard Rollins
- 1971 Chris Kirkpatrick
- 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.