Today in History

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Posted: Oct 17, 2010 12:00 AM
Today in History

Today is Sunday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2010. There are 75 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 17, 1910, social reformer and poet Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," died in Portsmouth, R.I. at age 91.

On this date:

In 1610, French King Louis XIII, age 9, was crowned at Reims, five months after the assassination of his father, Henry IV.

In 1777, British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops at Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

In 1807, Britain declared it would continue to reclaim British-born sailors from American ships and ports regardless of whether they held U.S. citizenship.

In 1907, Guglielmo Marconi began offering limited commercial wireless telegraph service between Nova Scotia and Ireland.

In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)

In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.

In 1941, the U.S. destroyer Kearny was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Iceland; 11 people died.

In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations announced they would begin cutting back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.

In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage.

In 1990, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was created.

Ten years ago: Ending an emergency summit in Egypt, Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed to publicly urge an end to a burst of bloody conflict and to consult within two weeks on restarting the ravaged Mideast peace process. The New York Yankees followed the Mets into the World Series, beating the Seattle Mariners 9-7 and winning the American League championship series four games to two.

Five years ago: A two-man Chinese space crew landed in China's northern grasslands after five days in orbit. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (joon-ee-chee-roh koh-ee-zoo-mee) enraged China and South Korea by visiting Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine.

One year ago: Pakistani soldiers attacked militant bases in the main al-Qaida and Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border. Songwriter Vic Mizzy, 93, who'd composed the catchy themes for the 1960s sit-coms "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres," died in Bel Air, Calif.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Marsha Hunt is 93. Actress Julie Adams is 84. Newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin is 80. Country singer Earl Thomas Conley is 69. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 68. Singer Gary Puckett is 68. Rock musician Michael Hossack is 64. Actor Michael McKean is 63. Actress Margot Kidder is 62. Actor George Wendt is 62. Actor-singer Bill Hudson is 61. Astronaut Mae Jemison is 54. Country singer Alan Jackson is 52. Movie critic Richard Roeper is 51. Movie director Rob Marshall is 50. Actor Grant Shaud is 50. Animator Mike Judge is 48. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 47. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald is 47. Singer Rene' Dif is 43. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 42. Golfer Ernie Els is 41. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) is 39. Rapper Eminem is 38. Singer Wyclef Jean (zhahn) is 38. Actress Sharon Leal is 38. Actor Matthew Macfadyen is 36. Rock musician Sergio Andrade (an-DRAH'-day) is 33. Actor Dee Jay Daniels is 22.

Thought for Today: "The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow." _ Sir William Osler, Canadian physician and educator (1849-1919).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Oct. 17)

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