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This Day in History for October 17

1885 – Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season.

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.

1939 – “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released.

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

1955 – Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel.

1957 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit the White House.

1957 – Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee.

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

1968 – US men’s 4X100m freestyle relay team of Zac Zorn, Stephen Rerych, Ken Walsh & Mark Spitz swim world record 3:31.7 to outclass the Soviet Union & Australla and win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics.

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

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

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

1996 – MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3.

2006 – The United States population reaches 300 million.

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

2018 – Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Carrol Spinney leaves “Sesame Street” after 50 years

2019 – Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s acting Chief of Staff says the White House withheld nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine to further Trump’s own political agenda.


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