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The complete guide for learning what happened on a specific date, fun and crazy facts, holidays and speial events that heppend on any day.

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what-happened-on gives you almost all the interesting facts there is to know about any date from the day you were born until today!
Interesting facts, strange holidays and event that you could never have imagined exist.
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Instead of wasting your free time what-happened-on will wait for you with some awesome facts and fun things to learn each and every day.
Feel free to even leave a comment on your favorites days or just say congrats to your loved ones on their birthday wall.


Ever wish there was more than one day a year where you could take all the conventions of proper dress and...
Give yourself a second chance on Mulligan Day. Whether it is a former relationship with a friend or loved one, an old hobby that you abandoned or a past...
Contrary to its name, Bridge Day is not actually a celebration of bridges themselves, but a celebration instead of the world of BASE jumpers. These adrenaline...
International Sloth Day is about learning to be as cool as a cucumber from the sloths of the world, and...
A holiday sure to appeal to some people more than others, Spreadsheet Day commemorates the date that VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for personal...
Sometimes you just need a sweet, and Valentine ’s Day only comes once a year. What’s a body to do? Well, you celebrate the Sweetest Day of course! Like...
Poverty has many faces, whether it be starving children in Africa or India or whether it be a struggling...

History Facts:

17-10-1492 Columbus sights the isle of San Salvador
17-10-1691 new royal charter for Massachusetts now including Maine Plymouth.
17-10-1777 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY
17-10-1781 Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown
17-10-1793 Marie Antoinette executed.
17-10-1850 Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized
17-10-1887 Gustav Kirchoff discoverer of the laws of spectroscopy dies.
17-10-1894 Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man.
17-10-1899 Sutro railroad sold to Robert F. Morrow for $215 000.
17-10-1904 Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors.
17-10-1919 RCA created.
17-10-1931 Al Capone convicted of tax evasion sentenced to 11 years in prison
17-10-1933 Albert Einstein arrives in the US a refugee from Nazi Germany.
17-10-1941 1st American destroyer torpedoed in WW2 the Kearny off Iceland
17-10-1945 Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina.
17-10-1957 Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visits White House.
17-10-1957 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature.
17-10-1962 Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
17-10-1964 Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra
17-10-1967 Pete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km.
17-10-1969 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth
17-10-1972 1st time Islanders shut-out - 5-0 vs Penguins
17-10-1973 The Arab oil embargo begins. It will last until March 1974.
17-10-1977 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu Somalia free all 86 hostages aboard & killing three of the four hijackers.
17-10-1977 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament.
17-10-1978 Islanders start 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
17-10-1978 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
17-10-1979 Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
17-10-1985 Lou Pinella named Yankee manager
17-10-1986 US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982.
17-10-1987 1st World Series game in a covered stadium (Minnesota Metrodome).

Famous Birthdays:

17-10-1835 Alexandrine-Pieternella Tinne, explored the White Nile
17-10-1893 Spring Byington
17-10-1903 Irene Ryan, in El Paso Texas
17-10-1915 Arthur Miller, playwright (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible)
17-10-1919 Rita Hayworth, in NY (Alzheimer victim)
17-10-1921 Tom Poston, comedian, Actor
17-10-1928 Julie Adams, in Iowa
17-10-1929 Beverly Garland, in Santa Cruz California
17-10-1930 Jimmy Breslin, newspaperman & raconteur
17-10-1933 William A. Anders, astronaut (Apollo 8)
17-10-1938 Robert 'Evel' Knievel, motorcycle daredevil
17-10-1945 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
17-10-1946 Bob Seagren, pole vaulter
17-10-1947 Charles A. Ingene, macromarketing researcher
17-10-1948 Margot Kidder, in Yellowknife - Lois Lane
17-10-1949 George Wendt, cheers