On October 17:
1814 The London Beer Flood killed nine people.
1877 Chief Justice Sir James Prendergast declared the Treaty of Waitangi “worthless” and a “simple nullity”.
1888 Thomas Edison filed a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
1915 US playwright – Arthur Miller was born.
1918 US actress Rita Hayworth was born.
1930 US nutritionist Robert Atkins was born.
1942 US musician Gary Puckett was born.
1969 Ernie Els, South African golfer, was born.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.