This day in history

Thursday, Oct. 17, is the 290th day of 2013. There are 75 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Columnist Jimmy Breslin is 83. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 71. Singer Gary Puckett is 71. Actor Michael McKean is 66. Actress Margot Kidder is 65. Actor George Wendt is 65. Country singer Alan Jackson is 55. Movie critic Richard Roeper is 54. Movie director Rob Marshall is 53. Animator Mike Judge is 51. Comedian Norm Macdonald is 50. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 45. Golfer Ernie Els is 44. Rapper Eminem is 41. Singer Wyclef Jean is 41.

In 1610, French King Louis XIII, age 9, was crowned at Reims, five months after the assassination of his father, Henry IV.


In 1777, British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

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In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)

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

In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations announced they would begin cutting back exports to Western nations and Japan.

In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage.