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On This Day — October 17th

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October 17th is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Sunday (56).

Events:

1814 – Eight people die in the London Beer Flood.

1827 – Bellini’s third opera, Il pirata, is premiered at Teatro alla Scala di Milano

1860 – First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).

1931 – American gangster Al Capone was convicted on five counts of income tax evasion.

1964 – Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opened the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.

2000 – A rail accident at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK, caused the collapse of Railtrack and the introduction of widespread speed limit reductions throughout the rail network.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Comedian Norm Macdonald turns 58

Actor Mark Gatiss turns 51

Rapper Eminem turns 45

UFC Holly Holm turns 36

Actress Felicity Jones turns 34

Max Irons turns 32

Happy Birthday to all October 17th babies!

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