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On October the 17th
1989 
An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale hit San Francisco Bay.
1979 
Missionary, Mother Teresa, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1931 
Mafia gangster, Al Capone, was convicted of income tax evasion.
1920 
American actor, Montgomery Clift, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was one of the most prominent stars of the 1950's, whose career and life were cut short due to his alcohol and drug addictions.
1918 
American actress, Rita Hayworth, was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was the female sex symbol of the 1940s and is considered by many as the first female superstar. She died as a result of Alzheimer's disease.
1915 
American author, Arthur Miller, was born. He is considered as one of the great playwrights of the 20th century, having written such classics as "Death of a Salesman". He was also known for his marriage to Marilyn Monroe which lasted between 1956 and 1961.
1914 
American cartoonist, Jerry Siegel, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the co-creator of Superman.
1912 
Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declared war on the Ottoman Empire, marking the beginning of the First Balkan War.
1849 
Polish-French composer, Frederic Chopin, died at the age of 39 due to pulmonary tuberculosis. He is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest piano composers of all time.
1777 
During the course of the American revolutionary war, American troops defeated the British in the Battle of Saratoga. The battle is considered as having been one of the most critical of the war.
1604 
German astronomer Johannes Kepler observed that a bright star had suddenly appeared in the night sky. It turned out to be the last supernova to have been observed in our galaxy.
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