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This Day in History for October 17 – Olympic Athletes Protest Racism and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1931 – Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion (More info)

1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States (More info)

1968 – Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony (More info)

1979 – Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in Calcutta, India (More info)

1989 – The Loma Prieta earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damage (More info)

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