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1710British troops capture Port Royal, Nova Scotia
1775Portland, Maine, burned by British
1808King Joachim Murat of Naples seizes Capri from King Ferdinand IV of Naples
1813Battle at Leipzig: Napoleon loses to Prussia, Austria, and Russia
1834"Second" Great Fire of London burns much of the city, including Parliament
1859John Brown captures the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Va
1861Skirmish at Warsaw, Mo
1861Skirmish at Bolivar Heights, WVa
1863U.S. Grant is named commander of Union forces in the West
1885Capt Alfred Thayer Mahan becomes Superintendent of the Naval War College
1891Valparaiso, Chile: Riot between US sailors and local citizens
1925Locarno Pact, European nations agree to accept boundaries as they are
1926Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1,200 killed
1926Chinese troop ship sinks in Yangtze River, 1,200 die
1940Warsaw Ghetto established
1940First WW II draft lottery; #158 drawn first
1940First black American promoted to general: Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr.
1942USAAF sinks a Japanese destroyer near Kiska, off Alaska.
1943Philippines "independent under temporary Japanese supervision."
1943New Guinea: the Japanese begin major counterattacks at Finschhafen
1943Anti-Jewish riot in Rome
1946Ten Nazi leaders hanged as war criminals after the Nuremberg trials
1953Batista regime sentences Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years for rebellion
1962Missile Crisis: JFK learns of Soviet missiles in Cuba
1964China becomes world's fifth nuclear power
1973Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Henry A Kissinger & Le Duc Tho
1978Polish Resistance worker Karol Wojtyla elected pope as John Paul II
1990US forces in the Persian Gulf reach 200,000
  Today in Military History 

Oct 17, 2021
1483Pope Sixtus IV authorizes the Spanish Inquisition
1651Battle of Worcester, King Charles II, defeated, tries to flee to France
1777British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga
1781British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown
1815Napoleon arrives at St Helena
1861Skirmishing begins, vicinity Frederickstown/Ironton, Mo (to 21st)
1862Battles of Leetown & Thoroughfare Gap, VA
1894Ohio National Guard kills 3 while rescuing a black man from a lynch mob
1912First Balkan War: Bulgaria, Greece , Serbia exchange declarations with Turkey
1916USS Arizona commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
1917British bomb Germany for the first time
1922Virgil C. Griffin makes the first US carrier take-off, in a Langley VE-7SF
1933Albert Einstein arrives in US, a refugee from Nazi Germany
1941U-568 damages Kearny (DD-432) near Iceland, 11 killed and 22 injured.
1942Heavy fighting on the Kokoda Trail, at Eorea Creek, in Papua.
1943U.S sub Tarpon sinks the German raider Michel in the Bonin Islands.
1943Japanese sub I-37 scouts Kilindini, East Africa, with a small plane.
1943Japanese sub I-36 scouts Pearl Harbor with a reconnaissance plane.
19439th Australian Div beats off Japanese at Finschhafen
1945Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina
1967Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km altitude
1977West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa jet in Mogadishu, Somalia
1978Congress restores Jefferson Davis' rights as an American citizen
1979Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
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1016Danes defeat Saxons at Battle of Assandun
1469Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile
1685Louis XIV revokes the Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism
1748Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession
1767The Mason-Dixon Line, between Maryland and Pennsylvania, agreed upon
1776Col John Glover & the Marblehead Regiment fight the British in the Bronx
1790Little Turtle begins attacks on Josiah Harmer's Army (See Oct 29)
1812U.S. sloop of war Wasp captures HM brig Frolic.
1862Morgan's raiders capture Federal garrison at Lexington, KY
1863Battle of Charlestown, WVa
1867Alaska if formally transferred from Russia to the US
1912Italo-Turkish War ends
1915Third Battle of the Isonzo begins (to Nov 4)
1918Czechoslovakia declares Independence from Austro-Hungarian Empire
1925French Gen Sarrail begins three day bombardment of Damascus
1934Red Chinese begin the Long March
1941Russian spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
1942VAdm Ghormley replaced by Halsey as SW Pacific commander
1942US sub damages a "Tokyo Express" light cruiser off Guadalcanal.
1944Rangers begin landing on outlying islands in Leyte Gulf.