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 This day in History - October 17
361 Historic Events for October 17
1979

Pres Carter signs legislation creating Dept of Education

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1979

"Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 perfs

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1979

D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

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1979

Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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1980

1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 and 1-39)

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1981

David Guion, composer, dies at 88

Death
1982

Peterus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist, dies at 47

Death
1982

Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation

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1982

Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series

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1982

1st live orch on commerical network since 1954 (National Symphony)

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1982

Sam Shepard's "True West" premieres in NYC

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1982

USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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1983

STS-9 vehicle moves to Vandenberg AFB due to SRB nozzle problem

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1983

Nobel prize for economy awarded to Gerard Debreu

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1983

Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78

Death
1984

Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Bruce Merrifield

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1984

Alberta Hunter, US blues singer/composer, dies at 89

Death
1985

French author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize in literature

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1985

Lou Piniella named NY Yankee manager

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1986

US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens and offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982

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1986

Yitzak Rabin forms Israeli government

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1987

1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)

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1987

1st lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy

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1987

"Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances

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1988

31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome

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