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OCTOBER 17

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Haiti: Anniversary of the Death of Dessalines
(Commemoration of the assassination of the Father of Haiti: 10/17/1806)
Haiti U.S. Department of State
1582 Johann Gerhard (German Theologian) German Political and Social Leaders Religion
1817 Samuel Ward (Maryland-born African-American Abolitionist) Maryland Political and Social Leaders Abolition African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1825 William R. Marshall (Missouri-born 5th Governor of Minnesota) Missouri Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Political and Social Leaders
1873 Thomas Riggs (Maryland-born 9th Governor of Alaska) Maryland Political and Social Leaders Alaska Political and Social Leaders
1912 Pope John Paul I (Italian-born Catholic Pope) Italy Catholicism
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1806 Jean Jacques Dessalines (Father of Haiti: Assassination) Haiti
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1483 Pope Appoints Tomás de Torquemada Grand Inquisitor of Castile and Aragon Catholicism Spain Law and legal Resources Cathlic Encyclopedia
1777 British Surrender at Saratoga, New York Battle of Saratoga New York Times
1806 Haiti's Jean Jacques Dessalines (Emperor Jacques I) Assassinated in Revolt Haitian Political and Social Leaders Death United Haitians Home Page
1839 President and Cabinet of the Republic of Texas Arrive at New Capital of Austin Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1863 On Train from Cairo to Louisville Grant Is Given Union Command in the West Ulysses S. Grant American Civil War PBS
Union Ships and Troops Attack Tampa, Florida Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1899 President McKinley Dedicates Spanish-American War Canon in Three Oaks, Michigan Michigan President McKinley Spanish-American War State of Michigan
1941 Prince Fumimaro Konoye's Government Collapses in Japan Japan World War II History Channel
1945 Coup Places Colonel Juan Perón As Dictator of Argentina Juan Perón New York Times
1956 Queen Elizabeth II Opens World's First Full-Scale Nuclear Power Station Great Britain Nuclear Power Historic Firsts BBC
1966 President Johnson Leaves on 17-day Asia-Pacific Trip President Lyndon Johnson The American Presidency History Channel
1970 Quebec Cabinet Minister Found Murdered by FLQ Terrorists Canada Terrorism Death
1973 Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Cuts U.S. Oil Exports International Trade Business History Channel
1977 West German Commandos Free All 86 Hostages from Hijacked Jetliner in Somalia Somalia Germany Aviation Terrorism New York Times
1978 President Carter Restores U.S. Citizenship for Jefferson Davis President Jimmy Carter Jefferson Davis New York Times
1979 Mother Teresa Selected for the Nobel Peace Prize Mother Teresa 1979 Nobel Peace Prize New York Times
1980 Queen Elizabeth II Is First British Monarch to Make State Visit to the Vatican Queen Elizabeth II Catholicism Historic Firsts BBC
1986 U.S. Congress Approves $100M Aid for Nicaraguan Contras U.S. Congress Iran-Contra Scandal Economics History Channel
2001 U.S. House of Representatives Closes after 31 People Test Positive for Anthrax Exposure U.S. Congress Disease Terrorism CNN
Palestinians Assassinate Israel's Tourism Minister, Rehavam Zeevi Israel Terrorism Death BBC

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