This Day In History — Al Capone Convicted

October 17

1777
British Gen. Burgoyne surrendered in Saratoga, N.Y. during the American Revolution.

1931
Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion for which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

1933
Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.

1979
Mother Theresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in Calcutta, India.

1989
An earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude killed 67 and injured over 3,000 in San Francisco.

2011
Occupy Wall Street, an organized protest in New York’s financial district, expands to other cities across the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Occupy Wall Street defines itself as a group of activists who stand against corporate greed, social inequality, and the disproportion between the rich and poor.

Birthdays

Mae C. Jemison

1956—, physician, astronaut. Birthplace: Decatur, Ala.

Nathanael West

novelist (1903)

Arthur Miller

playwright (1915)

Rita Hayworth

actress (1918)

Montgomery Clift

actor (1920)

Evel Knievel

daredevil (1938)

Margot Kidder

actress (1948)

Ernie Els

golfer (1969)

Eminem

rapper (1972)

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