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 This day in History - October 17
361 Historic Events for October 17
1829

Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens

Event
1829

German 1st assassination on abandoned teenager Kaspar Hauser

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1831

Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres

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1835

Alexandrine-Pieternella-Fran‡oise Tinn‚, explored White Nile

Birth
1837

Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian composer, dies at 58

Death
1839

H‚lŠne Mercier, Dutch author/social reformer

Birth
1844

Miguel Nieto, composer

Birth
1845

Franz Ehrle, German prefect of Vatican library

Birth
1848

William "Candy" Cummings, created curve ball

Birth
1849

Fr‚d‚ric F Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer, dies at 39

Death
1850

Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized

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1855

Bessemer steelmaking process patented

Event
1859

William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cin Reds)

Birth
1860

Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer

Birth
1860

1st pro golf tournament held (Scotland) (Willie Park wins)

Event
1860

1st British Golf Open: Willie Park shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club

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1862

Battle of Leetown and Thoroughfare Gap, VA

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1864

Elinor Glyn, British novelist (3 Weeks)

Birth
1868

Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect

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1871

Great Britain annexes Griqualand South Africa

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1871

President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus

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1875

Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer (Yes and No!)

Birth
1876

Henry Morton Stanley's reaches Lualaba River

Event
1877

Henry Morton Stanley reaches Boma during trip cross Africa

Event
1878

Andrei N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai

Birth