17 October 1991
On this date in 17 October 1991…
Country singer Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver disease at the age of 72.
- 1781 – British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis agreed to surrender at the Siege of Yorktown, Virginia.
- 1952 – Country music legend Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana.
- 1978 – U.S. President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
- 1992 – A drunken Japanese exchange student, Yoshihiro Hattori, entered the wrong house looking for a party late at night and was shot dead by the homeowner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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