80 Years Ago—October 17, 1939: Movie premiere of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, in Washington, DC.
In British Atlantic convoy HG-3, German U-boats make their first coordinated attack, with three U-boats sinking three ships.
75 Years Ago—Oct. 17, 1944: French troops halt offensive through Vosges Mountains toward Belfort Gap in France.
Germans enter Slovakia to put down Slovak National Uprising.