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Emperor Jacques I was assassinated.
In 1806, Emperor Jacques I, the former leader of the Haitian Revolution, was killed. He was killed at Port-au-Prince, having been dismembered and mutilated.
The London Beer Flood occurred.
In 1814, London’s streets were bursting with beer! A bursting vat at Veux & Company Brewery flooded the streets with over 300,000 gallons of porter ale. Eight people died from the disaster, and it was believed that a ninth person died later from alcohol poisoning. So, as much as a flood of beer might sound appetizing, it was far from pleasant for those struck by tragedy.
Thomas Edison filed a patent.
In 1888, famous inventor and businessman Thomas Edison filed a patent for the Optical Phonograph. Essentially, it was a patent for the first movie! Was there anything that Edison didn’t invent?
Special Days Falling on October 17thOctober 17th is an important date for people all around the world, and here are some of the reasons why!
Child Poverty Day
Every October 17th is Child Poverty Day around the world. It is a day we all take time to stop and think about how poverty in countries around the world affects the children who can do nothing to save themselves. It is our duty to take care of our children, no matter who they are or where they’re from! So, research some of the ways you can help the children of the world today.
For the people of Haiti, October 17th is Dessalines Day. It is the anniversary of Jean-Jacques Dessalines' death. People celebrate with parades, parties, and even some incredibly accurate reenactments of his life! He played a key role in what became the Haitian Revolution, so it should come as no surprise that even today, the people of the country gather to celebrate him and his achievements.