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Monday, October 17, 2005

Today in History: October 17

1662: Cash-strapped King Charles II of England sells the port of Dunkerque to France for £40,000.

1885: British metallurgist Henry Bessemer receives a patent for a new steelmaking process that will revolutionize the industry.

1919: American Telephone & Telegraph and General Electric form a new venture to take over the assets of American Marconi.  The new Radio Corporation of America, know familiarly as RCA, will also acquire the radio businesses of Westinghouse and United Fruit.

1965: The New York World's Fair closes, comfortably in the red.  Litigation over what happened to the money from the 51 million visitors will end in 1970.

1965: Johann Sebastian Bach becomes the oldest songwriter, at age 280, to have a top-10 hit record, with the Toys' Lover's Concerto.

1967: The counterculture stage show Hair opens in New York.  It will prove what most folks around Times Square already know: people will pay money to look at naked people.

1985: Intel Corp. introduces the 386 microchip.

2004: The pinnacle is put into place atop Taipei Financial Corp.'s new headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, which becomes officially the world's tallest building. 

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