On this day: October 17

Posted: 5:58 PM EDT Oct 15, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Oct 17, 2016

Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion, "Jailhouse Rock" premieres, the New York World's Fair comes to an end, OPEC begins its oil embargo, and a deadly earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area, all on this day.

OTD October 17 - Loma Prieta earthquake
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J.K. Nakata/United States Geological Survey

1989: The Loma Prieta earthquake (6.9 on the Richter scale) hits the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 63 people throughout northern California, injuring 3,757 and leaving some 3,000 people homeless. The earthquake occurred during warm-ups for the third game of the 1989 World Series, featuring both of the Bay Area's Major League Baseball teams, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. Because of game-related television coverage, this was the first major earthquake in the United States to have its initial jolt broadcast live on television.


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