Friday, October 17, 2014

Today in History: Friday, October 17, 2014


AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 17, 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage.
 
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On this date in:
1777British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
1919The Radio Corporation of America was created.
1931Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
1945Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.
1957French author Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
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1973Arab oil-producing nations announced they would cut back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.
1979Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.
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1987First lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy.
2007President George W. Bush, raising Beijing's ire, presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal and urged Chinese leaders to welcome the monk to Beijing.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Golfer Ernie Els turns 45 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jimmy BreslinNewspaper columnist84
Jim SealsSinger (Seals & Crofts)72
Michael McKeanActor ("This is Spinal Tap," "Laverne and Shirley")67
Margot KidderActress66
George WendtActor ("Cheers")66
Alan JacksonCountry singer56
Rob MarshallDirector54
Mike JudgeAnimator, director ("Beavis and Butthead")52
Norm MacdonaldActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")51
Ziggy MarleyReggae musician46
EminemRapper42
Singer Wyclef Jean turns 42 years old today.
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