TODAY IN HISTORY
On Oct. 17, 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, New York, in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
In 1931, mobster Al Ca
pone was convicted in Chicago of income tax evasion.
In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
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 1967, Puyi, the last emperor of China, died in Beijing at age 61.
In 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2007, President George W. Bush, raising Beijing’s ire, presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal.