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October 17 Historical Events

The following events took place on October 17. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 54 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 456
    Battle of Placentia: Ricimer, supported by Majorian (comes domesticorum), defeats the Roman usurper Avitus near Piacenza (Northern Italy) .
  • 1091
    London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
  • 1346
    Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by the English near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.
  • 1448
    Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
  • 1456
    The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia).
  • 1558
    Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, is founded.
  • 1604
    Kepler’s Supernova: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.
  • 1610
    French king Louis XIII is crowned in Reims Cathedral.
  • 1660
    Nine regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • 1662
    Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
  • 1771
    Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, age 15.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1800
    Britain takes control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
  • 1806
    Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule.
  • 1814
    Eight people die in the London Beer Flood.
  • 1860
    First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
  • 1861
    Nineteen people are killed in the Cullin-la-ringo massacre, the deadliest massacre of Europeans by aborigines in Australian history.
  • 1888
    Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
  • 1905
    The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
  • 1907
    Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
  • 1912
    Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
  • 1917
    First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
  • 1918
    Haitian rebels attack the barracks of the Gendarmerie of Haiti, igniting the Second Caco War
  • 1919
    RCA is incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America.
  • 1931
    Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion.
  • 1933
    Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
  • 1940
    The body of Communist propagandist Willi Münzenberg found in South France, starting a never-resolved mystery.
  • 1941
    World War II: a German submarine attacks an American ship for the first time in the war.
  • 1941
    German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres, Greece.

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