Today in history – October 17, 2019

1777 – British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

1931 – Gangster Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion.

1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany, settling in the United States and becoming an American citizen in 1940.

1989 – An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage.