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On this day in history - October 17

What Happened On This Day – October 17

  • 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Rocks California

    Santa Cruz County was the most affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake. About 60 people died as a result of falling buildings and landslides. It was the first major earthquake on the San Andreas fault since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

  • 1973 OPEC Declares Oil Embargo

    The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC led by Arab countries declared an oil embargo on any country that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War, which was fought between Israel and a coalition of Arab states. The embargo led to a massive oil shortage and had long-lasting economic effects in the United States and Europe. The embargo was lifted in March 1974.

  • 1956 Bobby Fischer Wins the Game of the Century

    The chess match between 13-year old Fischer and Donald Byrne took place at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City.

  • 1861 Cullin-la-Ringo Massacre

    In what is thought to be the largest massacre of white settlers by Australian aborigines, the killings occurred after a group of settlers from Victoria led by politician Horatio Wills, set up a camp at Cullin-la-Ringo, which is located in present-day Central Queensland. 19 people were killed during the massacre.

  • 1814 London Beer Flood

    Vats of beer at the Meux and Company Brewery burst, flooding city streets with 610,000 liters of beer. The almost 15 feet tall wave of porter killed 8 people, some of whom were gathered for a funeral.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
October 17

  • 1979 Kimi Räikkönen

    Finnish race car driver

  • 1972 Eminem

    American rapper, producer, actor

  • 1918 Rita Hayworth

    American actress, dancer

  • 1912 Pope John Paul I

  • 1817 Syed Ahmad Khan

    Indian educator, politician

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Deaths On This Day,
October 17

  • 1967 Puyi

    Emperor of China

  • 1965 Bart King

    American cricketer

  • 1937 J. Bruce Ismay

    English businessman

  • 1868 Laura Secord

    Canadian war heroine

  • 1849 Frédéric Chopin

    Polish pianist, composer