On This Day..... April 17

APRIL 17TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE BALL DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • J.P. MORGAN (1837-1913)
  • DAFFY DUCK (1937, 81)
  • ROWDY RODDY PIPER (1954, 64)
  • SEAN BEAN (1959, 59)
  • BOOMER ESIASON (1961, 57)
  • LIZ PHAIR (1967, 51)
  • JENNIFER GARNER (1972, 46)
  • VICTORIA BECKHAM (1974, 44)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1397, GEOFFREY CHAUCER TELLS “THE CANTERBURY TALES” FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE COURT OF KING RICHARD II
  • IN 1492, SPAIN CONTRACTS CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TO FIND “THE INDIES” AND CONVERT ANY PEOPLE FOUND TO CATHOLICISM
  • IN 1524, GIOVANNI VERRAZANO DISCOVERS NEW YORK BAY
  • IN 1790, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DIES AT 84
  • IN 1808, NAPOLEON ISSUES THE “BAYONNE DECREE” TO ATTACK US SHIPS
  • IN 1817, THE FIRST SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF OPENS IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
  • IN 1861, VIRGINIA SECEDES FROM THE UNION TO JOIN THE CONFEDERACY
  • IN 1865, MARY SURRATT IS ARRESTED AS A CO-CONSPIRATOR IN THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN
  • IN 1912, AL JOLSON’S “RAGGING THE BABY TO SLEEP” IS THE FIRST “GOLD” RECORD TO SELL 500,000 COPIES (THE OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION WAS NOT INVENTED YET)
  • IN 1924, METRO PICTURES, GOLDWYN PICTURES AND LOUIS B. MAYER MERGE COMPANIES TO FORM MGM STUDIOS
  • IN 1929, BABE RUTH MARRIES HIS SECOND WIFE CLAIRE
  • IN 1934, FENWAY PARK OPENS. THE RED SOX LOSE THEIR FIRST GAME THERE.
  • IN 1937, DAFFY DUCK, ELMER FUDD AND PETUNIA PIG DEBUT IN CARTOONS
  • IN 1939, JOSEPH STALIN SIGNS AN ANTI-NAZI PACT WITH BRITAIN AND FRANCE
  • IN 1941, DORIS DAY MARRIES TROMBONIST ALBERT JORDEN AT 19 YEARS OLD
  • IN 1947, JACKIE ROBINSON GETS HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HIT. IT WAS A BUNT.
  • IN 1951, MICKEY MANTLE PLAYS HIS FIRST GAME FOR THE YANKEES.
  • IN 1961, 1,400 CUBAN EXILES ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW FIDEL CASTRO AT THE BAY OF PIGS INVASION, BUT DO NOT SUCCEED
  • IN 1964, THE NEW YORK METS PLAY THEIR FIRST GAME AT SHEA STADIUM
  • IN 1964, FORD UNVEILS THE MUSTANG AT THE NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR
  • IN 1969, SIRHAN SIRHAN IS CONVICTED OF ASSASSINATING SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY
  • IN 1970, PAUL MCCARTNEY RELEASES HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM “MCCARTNEY”
  • IN 1970, JOHNNY CASH PERFORMED AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON. WHEN ASKED TO PERFORM “OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE”, HE DECLINED CITING THE FACT THAT IT WASN’T HIS SONG AND INSTEAD PERFORMED “A BOY NAMED SUE”
  • IN 1971, THREE DOG NIGHT HIT #1 WITH “JOY TO THE WORLD”
  • IN 1973, PINK FLOYD’S “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” IS CERTIFIED GOLD
  • IN 1974, SUSAN RANCOURT DISAPPEARS FROM CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. SHE WOULD END UP ONE OF TED BUNDY’S VICTIMS
  • IN 1974, SHA NA NA LEAD SINGER VINNIE TAYLOR IS FOUND DEAD IN A HOTEL ROOM OF A DRUG OVERDOSE
  • IN 1976, THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES COME BACK FROM BEING DOWN 12-1 TO WIN 18-16 IN TEN INNINGS, IN PART BECAUSE MIKE SCHMIDT HIT FOUR STRAIGHT HOME RUNS
  • IN 1982, VANGELIS GOES TO #1 WITH “CHARIOTS OF FIRE”
  • IN 1989, CNBC BEGINS BROADCASTING
  • IN 1991, NIRVANA PERFORMS “SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” FOR THE FIRST TIME LIVE AT THE OK HOTEL IN SEATTLE
  • IN 1993, TWO LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICERS ARE CONVICTED IN FEDERAL COURT FOR VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF RODNEY KING
  • IN 1993, SUSANNA HOFFS OF THE BANGLES MARRIES THE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN POWERS MOVIES, JAY ROACH
  • IN 1998, LINDA MCCARTNEY DIES OF CANCER AT 57
  • IN 2003, RUSSIAN SIAMESE TWINS MASHA AND DASHA KRIVOSHLYAPOVA DIE AT 53. AFTER MASHA HAD A HEART ATTACK AND DIED, DASHA REFUSED TO BE SEPERATED FROM HER AND DIED 17 HOURS LATER. TOGETHER THEY HAD TWO HEADS, FOUR ARMS AND THREE LEGS.
  • IN 2009, TENNIS STAR ANDY RODDICK MARRIES MODEL BROOKLYN DECKER
  • IN 2011, KENNETH BRANAGH RELEASES “THOR”
  • IN 2011, “GAME OF THRONES” DEBUTS ON HBO
  • IN 2013, NEW ZEALAND LEGALIZES SAME SEX MARRIAGE
  • IN 2016, DORIS ROBERTS DIES AT 90

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