Today in History: Oct. 17

Chicago crime boss Al Capone, left, wearing white hat, is in the custody of U.S. marshals as he leaves the courtroom in Chicago on October 12, 1931. Capone was convicted on tax evasion charges. (AP Photo)
In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)  (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Some of the questions were pretty hard to answer and others were amusing, but Dr. Albert Einstein, noted physicist, right, did his best to enlighten newspaper reporters who met him on his arrival aboard the motor ship Portland in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 30, 1932.  Dr. R.C. Tolman, of the California Institute of Technology, center, is who put the newsmen's questions to Dr. Einstein. Einstein's wife Elsa is at the left. (AP Photo)
In 1933, Albert Einstein, right, arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Mother Teresa pictured on Wednesday, October 17, 1979, at her home in Calcutta reading a foreign news dispatch regarding her selection as the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner.  This was the first news reaching her on the award.(AP PHOTO/SANTOSH BASA)
In 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (AP PHOTO/SANTOSH BASA) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/SANTOSH BASAK)
Members of the Oakland Athletics stand and stare as Candlestick Park-goers leave the stadium in the wake of the major earthquake that struck Northern California just before game 3 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 17, 1989.   (AP Photo)
In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage. Members of the Oakland Athletics stand and stare as Candlestick Park-goers leave the stadium in the wake of the major earthquake that struck Northern California just before game 3 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 17, 1989. (AP Photo) (AP)
50-year-old Henry Pu-Yi, the last Manchu emperor of China, seen in a Communist prison in Fushan, China, Dec. 28, 1956, where he has spent the last 11 yaers of his life. (AP Photo)
In 1967, Puyi, the last emperor of China, died in Beijing at age 61. 50-year-old Henry Pu-Yi, the last Manchu emperor of China, seen in a Communist prison in Fushan, China, Dec. 28, 1956, where he has spent the last 11 yaers of his life. (AP Photo) (AP)
Mieko Hattori answers questions outside district court in Baton Rouge, La., as her husband Masaichi holds a photo of their slain son, Yoshihiro, following a judge's ruling in their favor Thursday, Sept. 15, 1994. The Hattori's were awarded over $600,000 in damages for the shooting death of their son by Rodney Peairs two years ago. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Bill Feig)
In 1992, Japanese exchange student Yoshi Hattori was fatally shot by Rodney Peairs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after Hattori and his American host mistakenly knocked on Peairs’ door while looking for a Halloween party. (Peairs was acquitted of manslaughter, but was ordered in a civil trial to pay more than $650,000 to Hattori’s family.) Mieko Hattori answers questions outside district court in Baton Rouge, La., as her husband Masaichi holds a photo of their slain son, Yoshihiro, following a judge’s ruling in their favor Thursday, Sept. 15, 1994. The Hattori’s were awarded over $600,000 in damages for the shooting death of their son by Rodney Peairs two years ago. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Bill Feig) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Bill Feig)
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The government reopened its doors hours after President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan congressional measure passed the night before to end a 16-day partial shutdown. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
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Chicago crime boss Al Capone, left, wearing white hat, is in the custody of U.S. marshals as he leaves the courtroom in Chicago on October 12, 1931. Capone was convicted on tax evasion charges. (AP Photo)
Some of the questions were pretty hard to answer and others were amusing, but Dr. Albert Einstein, noted physicist, right, did his best to enlighten newspaper reporters who met him on his arrival aboard the motor ship Portland in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 30, 1932.  Dr. R.C. Tolman, of the California Institute of Technology, center, is who put the newsmen's questions to Dr. Einstein. Einstein's wife Elsa is at the left. (AP Photo)
Mother Teresa pictured on Wednesday, October 17, 1979, at her home in Calcutta reading a foreign news dispatch regarding her selection as the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner.  This was the first news reaching her on the award.(AP PHOTO/SANTOSH BASA)
Members of the Oakland Athletics stand and stare as Candlestick Park-goers leave the stadium in the wake of the major earthquake that struck Northern California just before game 3 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 17, 1989.   (AP Photo)
50-year-old Henry Pu-Yi, the last Manchu emperor of China, seen in a Communist prison in Fushan, China, Dec. 28, 1956, where he has spent the last 11 yaers of his life. (AP Photo)
Mieko Hattori answers questions outside district court in Baton Rouge, La., as her husband Masaichi holds a photo of their slain son, Yoshihiro, following a judge's ruling in their favor Thursday, Sept. 15, 1994. The Hattori's were awarded over $600,000 in damages for the shooting death of their son by Rodney Peairs two years ago. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Bill Feig)
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2018.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 17, 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.

On this date:

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

In 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, New York, in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

In 1807, Britain declared it would continue to reclaim British-born sailors from American ships and ports regardless of whether they held U.S. citizenship.

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

In 1939, Frank Capra’s comedy-drama “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring James Stewart as an idealistic junior U.S. senator, had its premiere in the nation’s capital.

In 1941, the U.S. destroyer Kearny was damaged by a German torpedo off the coast of Iceland; 11 people died.

In 1967, Puyi (poo-yee), the last emperor of China, died in Beijing at age 61.

In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations announced they would begin cutting back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.

In 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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

In 1992, Japanese exchange student Yoshi Hattori was fatally shot by Rodney Peairs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after Hattori and his American host mistakenly knocked on Peairs’ door while looking for a Halloween party. (Peairs was acquitted of manslaughter, but was ordered in a civil trial to pay more than $650,000 to Hattori’s family.)

In 2000, the New York Yankees followed the Mets into the World Series, beating the Seattle Mariners 9-7 and winning the American League championship series four games to two.

Ten years ago: Wall Street ended a tumultuous week that turned out to be its best in five years. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points, closing at 8,852.22, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains _ a record 936-point jump the previous Monday and an increase of 401 points on Thursday. Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs died in Detroit at age 72.

Five years ago: The government reopened its doors hours after President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan congressional measure passed the night before to end a 16-day partial shutdown. The Boston Red Sox edged the Detroit Tigers 4-3 for a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series.

One year ago: Just hours before President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban was due to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of the ban, saying it suffered from the same flaws as the previous version. U.S.-backed Syrian forces gained control of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which was once the heart of the Islamic State group’s self-styled caliphate.

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