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OCTOBER 17

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United Nations: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
(Observed annually on October 17 since 1993)
The United Nations Economics United Nations Development Programme
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1870 Douglas County, Georgia Is Created from Portions of Campbell and Carroll Counties Georgia University of Georgia
1887 Federal Court Settles 1M-acre Land Dispute with Georgia in Favor of Florida Florida Georgia Law Florida Historical Society
1907 First Commercial Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph Service Is Officially Inaugurated The Telegraph Historic Firsts Centers for Technology and Society
1919 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) Is Formed Radio Businesses & Corporations Baruch College
1920 Canadian Air Force Crew Completes First trans-Canada Flight (10 days) Canada Aviation Historic Firsts Royal Canadian Air Force
1931 Al Capone Jailed for Tax Evasion Al Capone Taxes Notorious Americans History Channel New York Times
1943 Humble Oil Company Announces First Discovery of Oil in Florida Florida Business Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1956 Queen Elizabeth II Opens World's First Full-Scale Nuclear Power Station Great Britain Nuclear Power Historic Firsts BBC
1973 Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Cuts U.S. Oil Exports International Trade Business History Channel
1986 U.S. Congress Approves $100M Aid for Nicaraguan Contras U.S. Congress Iran-Contra Scandal Economics History Channel

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