A look at the highlights this day October 17;
1979 – Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize
2006 – Actor Wesley Snipes was indicted for cheating the US government out of nearly $12 million in false refund claims and not filing for 6 years. On Feb 1, 2008, a federal jury in Florida acquitted Snipes (45) of the most serious charges but convicted him on 3 of 6 lesser charges and said he must pay up to $17 million in back taxes plus penalties and interest.
1998 – A fuel pipeline explosion believed to have been caused by vandals kills over 500 people in Jesse Delta State, it is believed the death toll could have reached 1000.
Black Poetry Day – celebrates the importance of black heritage and literacy and the contributions made by black poets. It is a day to appreciate black authors.
International Poverty Eradication Day – Celebrated throughout the world, this day is aimed at creating awareness of the importance of access to health, education and other essential services.
There, a glimpse into the past on this day October 17.