Shimla, Oct 17, Keekli Bureau

This Day in History

2018

Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada.

2005

The Colbert Report—an ironic send-up of television news programs, hosted by Stephen Colbert—debuted on Comedy Central; it ran until 2014.

1972

American rapper and actor Eminem, who was one of the most controversial and best-selling artists of the early 21st century, was born.

1968

The American action film Bullitt was released; it features Steve McQueen in what many consider his definitive role and is also known for its iconic car-chase sequence.

1939

The American classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart, had its world premiere; although it angered the political establishment, the drama won wide acclaim from the public and film industry.

1918

American actress Rita Hayworth, whose portrayal of seductresses helped earn her the nickname “The Love Goddess,” was born.

1854

British and French troops began the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War.

1777

British General John Burgoyne surrendered his troops following his shocking defeat in the Second Battle of Saratoga.

1707

German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach at Dornheim.

1448

The last major effort by Crusaders to free the Balkans from Ottoman rule began with the second Battle of Kosovo in Serbia, in which a Hungarian-Walachian army suffered a crushing defeat.

1346

At the Battle of Neville’s Cross, the English defeated the Scots, who, as allies of the French, had invaded England in an attempt to distract Edward III from the siege of Calais, France.

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