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This Day in History for October 17

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

1955 – Lee Merriweather joins Today Show panel.

1956 – “Around the World in 80 Days”, based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Niven and Cantinflas, premieres in NY.

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

1963 – The Beatles record “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at EMI Studios in London.

1971 – Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series.

1976 – Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)

1986 – US Senate approved 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 – US population reaches 300 million.

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

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

2019 – US adults identifying as Christian falls 12% in a decade to 2/3 according to the Pew Research Center, born-again Protestants falls to 16%.

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

2020 – Chicago declared the ‘rattiest city’ in America for the sixth year in a row by pest control service Orkin.