On this day, Oct. 17

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - News - — Com­piled by Rick Nowlin

1814 The Lon­don Beer Flood in­un­dated the St. Giles district of the Bri­tish cap­i­tal as vats of beer rup­tured, send­ing more than 320,000 gal­lons of liq­uid into the streets; up to nine peo­ple were re­ported killed.

1919 Frank Con­rad be­gan reg­u­lar broad­cast­ing of phono­graph records on sta­tion 8XK.

1979 The Pi­rates de­feated the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, 4- 1, in the sev­enth and de­cid­ing game to win the 1979 World Series at Memo­rial Sta­dium in Bal­ti­more.

1997 The Penn­syl­va­nia Gen­eral Assem­bly au­tho­rized the spend­ing of $ 16 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of a 72- mile seg­ment of the bike path that would even­tu­ally con­nect Pitts­burgh with Wash­ing­ton, D. C.

2018 Res­i­dents of the Florida Pan­han­dle com­mu­nity of Mex­ico Beach who had fled Hur­ri­cane Michael a week ear­lier re­turned home to find homes, busi­nesses and cam­pers ripped to shreds; the storm had killed at least 59 peo­ple and caused more than $ 25 bil­lion in dam­age in Florida, Ge­or­gia, the Caroli­nas and Vir­ginia.

Some items are from Ste­fan Lo­rant’s “Pitts­burgh: The Story of an Amer­i­can City” ( dig­i­tal. li­brary. pitt. edu/ chronol­ogy).

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