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This Day in History for October 17

1829 – Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens.

1855 – Bessemer steelmaking process patented.

1904 – Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors in San Francisco, founded by Amadeo Giannini.

1919 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is created as a subsidiary of General Electric.

1933 – Albert Einstein arrives in US as a refugee from Nazi Germany.

1941 – USS Kearney becomes the 1st US destroyer torpedoed in World War II, while the country is still neutral.

1954 – Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burke passes for 7 touchdowns vs Washington (49-21)

1955 – Lee Merriwether joins Today Show.

1960 – US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases.

1961 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m.

1962 – Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship.

1967 – “Hair” premieres on Broadway.

1972 – Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-a-ling,” is #1.

1978 – President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis.

1979 – US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education.

1986 – US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982.

1987 – US First Lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy.

1988 – Phillip Morris announces $11 Billion tender offer for Kraft.

2006 – The United States population reaches 300 million.

2012 – Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal.

2017 – George Soros announces he has donated $18 billion to his grantmaking network the Open Society Foundations.

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