1860 – The Open Championship also known as the British Open golf tournament was held for the first time on the 17th October 1860.
1888 – Thomas Edison filed a patent for the Optical Phonograph (first movie) on the 17th October 1888.
1919 – RCA was incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America on the 17th October 1919.
1931 – Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion on the 17th October 1931.
1938 – Evel Knievel the American motorcycle stuntman was born on the 17th October 1938 (died 2007).
1943 – The Burma Railway also known as the Burma-Thailand Railway was completed on the 17th October 1943.
1965 ~ Rhys Muldoon the Australian actor, writer and director was born on the 17th October 1965, in Newcastle, New South Wales. Rhys Muldoon is best known as Sarge Leonard from the Lockie Leonard TV series.
1968 – Ziggy Marley the Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor was born on the 17th October 1968.
1972 – Eminem the American rapper, producer, and actor was born on the 17th October 1972.
1982 – Nick Riewoldt the Australian rules footballer was born on the 17th October 1982.
1988 ~ DAMi iM the South-Korean born Australian piano teacher, singer and Australian X Factor winner was born on the 17th October 1988. Dami won the 5th series grand final of Australian X Factor with her mentor Dannii Minogue on the 28th October 2013.
1989 ~ Sophie Luck the Australian actress was born on the 17th October 1989. Sophie is best known for her roles on the television shows Blue Water High and Home and Away. See Sophie Luck’s official website: www.SophieLuck.com & Twitter: www.twitter.com/Sophie_Luck
Today in History for October 17th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…