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On This Day in History - 17th October


1885Baroness Karen Blixen, Danish author who wrote 'Out of Africa'
1909Cozy Cole, American jazz drummer
1920Lord Kilbracken, Author and journalist
1925Harry Carpenter, Television sports commentator
1938Ann Jones, Former Tennis champion and now TV tennis commentator
1939Evel Knievel, Record breaker and spectacular stunt man
1940Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Concert pianist
1942Kelly Monteith, American comedian


1902In Detroit the first ever 'Cadillac' was produced
1956Britains first atomic energy power station (Calder Hall) was opened by the Queen
1962Hyde Park underpass in London was opened, resulting in large traffic jams
1980Mount St Helens, in Washington State USA, erupted for the third time in 24 hours
1982The outlawing of the 'Solidarity' labour movement caused widespread strikes & demonstrations in Poland
1988Scottish scientist James Black was awarded the Nobel prize for his work on treating angina & blood pressure
1989An earthquake measuring 7 points on the richter scale struck San Fransisco & Los Angeles