Today in history: American troops win the Battle of Saratoga, Capone charged with tax evasion, Einstein arrives in the United States | Lifestyles


Today it’s Sunday 17th October, the 290th day of 2021. There are 75 days left in the year.

The highlight of today’s history:

On October 17, 1777, British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops at Saratoga, New York, at a turning point in the War of Independence.

In 1919, Radio Corp. of America was created.

In 1931, gangster Al Capone was convicted in Chicago of 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 1957, the movie “Jailhouse Rock”, starring Elvis Presley, had its world premiere in Memphis, Tennessee.

In 1966, 12 New York firefighters were killed while fighting a blaze in lower Manhattan. The game show “The Hollywood Squares” premiered on NBC.

In 1967, Puyi (poo-yee), the last emperor of China, died in Beijing at the age of 61.

In 1973, the Arab oil-producing countries announced that they would start reducing their oil exports to Western countries and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.

In 1978, President Carter signed a bill restoring US citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

In 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1989, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $ 6 billion in damage.

In 2014, the World Health Organization admitted having botched its attempts to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors such as incompetence of staff, lack of information and cuts. budgetary.

In 2018, residents of the Florida Panhandle community in Mexico Beach who fled Hurricane Michael a week earlier returned home to find tattered homes, businesses and campers; the storm had killed at least 59 people and caused more than $ 25 billion in damage in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.

Ten years ago: Riding through small towns in the South in a campaign-style bus, President Barack Obama urged lawmakers back in Washington to start picking up chunks of his rejected jobs bill and mocked Republicans who l ‘had slaughtered in its entirety. Financier Carl Lindner Jr., who used his experience as head of the family dairy to build a business empire whose scope included baseball, banking and bananas, has died at the age of 92.

Five years ago: A long-awaited offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul (MOH’-sul) from the Islamic State group began with a flurry of US-led coalition airstrikes and heavy artillery shelling on a cluster of villages east of the city held by militants. Orbital ATK’s Antares unmanned rocket took off from Wallops Island in Virginia on a refueling mission to the International Space Station; it was the first flight of an Antares since a launch explosion in 2014.

One year ago: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state theaters could reopen the following week, with audience size restrictions and other coronavirus precautions in place; New York theaters were not included. Iran has said its coronavirus death toll has exceeded 30,000, in what has been the Middle East’s worst outbreak. The Tampa Bay Rays reached the World Series for the second time, beating the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. (The Rays would lose the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.)

Today’s birthdays: Actor Marsha Hunt is 104 years old. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 79 years old. Singer Gary Puckett is 79 years old. Actor Michael McKean is 74 years old. Actor George Wendt is 73 years old. Actor-singer Bill Hudson is 72 years old. Astronaut Mae Jemison is 65 years old. singer Alan Jackson is 63 years old. Film critic Richard Roeper is 62 years old. Director Rob Marshall is 61. Actor Grant Shaud is 61 years old. Host Mike Judge is 59 years old. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 58 years old. 54. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 53 years old. Actor Wood Harris is 52 years old. Singer Wyclef Jean (zhahn) is 52 years old. World Golf Hall of Fame Ernie Els is 52 years old. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick (‘N Sync) is 50 years old. Rapper Eminem is 49 years old. Actress Sharon Leal is 49 years old. Actor Matthew Macfadyen is 47 years old. Actress Felicity Jones is 38. Actor Chris Lowell is 37 years old.

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