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OCTOBER 17

1886 Ernest Goodpasture (Tennessee-born Immunologist Credited with Isolating the Mumps Virus) Tennessee Scientists & Mathematicians Mumps Intellihealth
1956 Mae Jemison (Alabama-born African-American Astronaut) Mae Jemison Astronauts Famous African Americans
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1887 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff (Russian Chemist) Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Spectroscopy Cesium Rubidium
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1907 First Commercial Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph Service Is Officially Inaugurated The Telegraph Historic Firsts Centers for Technology and Society
1914 Iowa's Billy Robinson Sets American Record Flying 390 Miles Non-Stop Iowa Indiana Chicago Aviation History Early Aviators
1918 209 New Cases of Spanish Influenza Are Reported in Atlanta, Georgia Georgia 1918 Flu Pandemic University of Georgia
1920 Canadian Air Force Crew Completes First trans-Canada Flight (11 days, 45 hours airborne, 3,265 miles) Canada Aviation Historic Firsts Royal Canadian Air Force
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
1966 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 125, Injures 3,000 in Peru Peru Earthquake Death USGS
1973 Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Cuts U.S. Oil Exports International Trade Business History Channel
1975 Rochester, Minnesota Declares an Air Pollution Alert Due to High Carbon Monoxide Levels Rochester, Minnesota Air Quality Organic Chemistry Minnesota Historical Society
1977 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered 800km North of New Zealand New Zealand Earthquake USGS
1989 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 63 People in the San Francisco Area - $5B Damages San Francisco Earthquakes Death BBC
2001 U.S. House of Representatives Closes after 31 People Test Positive for Anthrax Exposure U.S. Congress Disease Terrorism CNN

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