On this day: October 17

Published On: Oct 15 2012 04:58:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Tennessee Ernie Ford
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1991: Singer and actor Tennessee Ernie Ford, best remembered for his hit recording of "Sixteen Tons," dies of liver failure at age 72 in Reston, Virginia. He also recorded the No. 1 country hits "Mule Train" and "The Shotgun Boogie" and hosted his own prime-time variety show in the 1960s.

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