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Today in history: Oct. 17
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Today in history: Oct. 17

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In 1989, an earthquake measuring 6.9 in magnitude struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 1957, America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad…

In 1992, the Greek tanker Aegean Sea spilled more than 21 million gallons of crude oil when it ran aground off northwestern Spain, and more ev…

In 2013, Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first Black president, died at age 95, and more events that happe…

In 1970, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors under its first director, William D. Ruckelshaus, and more events …

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Frankie Muniz, Jim Plunkett, John Rzeznik, Keri Hilson, Margaret Ch…

In 1941, the Empire of Japan launched an air raid on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and more events that happened on this day i…

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In 1985, Auburn tailback Bo Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in the closest vote in the 51-year history of the trophy. See more sports moments f…

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