Once Upon A Time – October 17 – 2006 – The United States Population Reaches 300 Million

1854 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War

1907 Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland

1943 Burma railway completed, built by Allied POWs and Asian laborers for use of the Japanese army

1973 OPEC oil ministers use oil as an economic weapon in the Arab-Israeli War, mandating a cut in exports and recommending an embargo against unfriendly states

2017 Islamic State headquarters Raqqa declared under full control of US-led alliance by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello after 4 months of fighting

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

TODAY IN FILM & TV

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

TODAY IN MUSIC

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

TODAY IN SPORT

1860 1st British Open Men’s Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins inaugural event by 2 strokes from fellow Scot Tom Morris Sr

MORE FACTS…

2006 The United States population reaches 300 million

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

FAMOUS WEDDINGS

1469 Crown prince Fernando of Aragon (17) marries heir Princess Isabella of Castile (18), will unite the two Spanish crowns (not officially one country till 1707-16)

1707 German composer Johann Sebastian Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

1749 US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

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