A Big Day in History
1970: Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt, succeeding the late Gamal Abdel Nasser. 1984: Desmond Tutu was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his decades of non-violent struggle for racial equality in South Africa. 1995: A vast throng of black men gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Million Man March led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. 2000: President Clinton launched a fresh effort to try to cool Middle East tensions at an emergency summit in Egypt that included Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as the leaders of Egypt and Jordan and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
And 1978: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became the new pope; he took the name John Paul II. Also, in 1793, during the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Link
Today, October 17, has also witnessed some significant events in history: 1979: Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1931: Al Capone was imprisoned. 1919: Radio Corporation of America was formed. And in 1973, the historical oil-embargo was launched by the Arab oil producing nations. Link