On This Day..... October 17

 

OCTOBER 17TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PASTA DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY
  • TODAY IS BRA DAY USA
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ARTHUR MILLER (1915-2005)
  • RITA HAYWORTH (1918-1987)
 
  • MONTGOMERY CLIFT (1920-1966)
  • TOM POSTON (1921-2007)
 
  • EVEL KNIEVEL (1938-2007)
  • MICHAEL MCKEAN (1947, 71)
 
  • GEORGE WENDT (1948, 70)
  • MARGOT KIDDER (1948-2018)
 
  • ALAN JACKSON (1958, 60)
  • DOLPH LUNDGREN (1959, 59)
 
  • NORM MCDONALD (1963, 55)
  • WYCLEF JEAN (1969, 49)
 
  • CHRIS KIRKPATRICK (1971, 47)
  • EMINEM (1972, 46)
 
  • FELICITY JONES (1983, 35)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1660, NINE MEN WHO SIGNED A DEATH WARRANT ON KING CHARLES I ARE FOUND GUILTY OF REGICIDE AND THEN HANGED, DRAWN AND QUARTERED
  • IN 1691, THE CHARTER FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE PLYMOUTH AND MAINE
  • IN 1707, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH MARRIES HIS COUSIN MARIA
  • IN 1749, SAM ADAMS MARRIES ELIZABETH CHECKLEY
 
  • IN 1787, FREE BLACK MEN IN BOSTON PETITION FOR LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE EQUAL SCHOOLING FACILITIES
  • IN 1814, A VAT IN A BEER FACTORY IN LONDON RUPTURES CAUSING A CHAIN REACTION IN NEIGHBORING VATS. A WAVE OF ABOUT 1.5 MILLION LITERS OF BEER DESTROY THE BUILDING AND THEN WASH OUT THE ENTIRE STREET KILLING NINE PEOPLE IN WHAT WOULD BECOME KNOWN AS THE “LONDON BEER FLOOD”
 
  • IN 1829, THE CHESAPEAKE BAY CANAL OPENS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER
  • IN 1849, FREDERIC CHOPIN DIES AT 39
  • IN 1860, WILLIE PARK SR. WINS THE FIRST BRITISH OPEN IN GOLF
  • IN 1888, THOMAS EDISON FILES A PATENT FOR WHAT HE CALLS AN “OPTICAL PHONOGRAPH”, EVENTUALLY THE FIRST MOVIE PROJECTOR
 
  • IN 1894, THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD KILL THREE WHITE MEN ATTEMPTING TO LYNCH A BLACK MAN. THE BLACK MAN IS RESCUED.
  • IN 1904, THE BANK OF ITALY OPENS ITS FIRST BRANCH (LATER BANK OF AMERICA)
  • IN 1907, GUGLIELMO MARCONI OPENS THE FIRST COMMERCIAL TRANSATLANTIC WIRELESS SERVICE BETWEEN NOVA SCOTIA AND IRELAND. HIS TECHNOLOGY WOULD EVENTUALLY BE USED TO CREATE RADIO
 
  • IN 1916, “A DAUGHTER OF THE GODS” IS RELEASED STARRING AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER ANNETTE KELLERMAN. IT IS THE FIRST FILM TO COST MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO PRODUCE AND CONTAINS THE FIRST FULLY NUDE SCENE. THE COMPLETE FILM HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND NO COPIES EXIST BUT SOME STILLS SURVIVED INCLUDING THE NUDE SHOT
  • IN 1917, THE BRITISH BOMB GERMANY FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1918, YUGOSLAVIA DECLARES INDEPENDENCE
 
  • IN 1919, THE RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA IS CREATED (RCA) AS A SUBSIDIARY OF GENERAL ELECTRIC
  • IN 1920, THE DECATUR STALEYS PLAY THEIR FIRST NFL GAME. THEY WOULD LATER RENAME THEMSELVES THE CHICAGO BEARS
  • IN 1931, AL CAPONE IS CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION AND SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS
 
  • IN 1933, GERMAN REFUGEE ALBERT EINSTEIN LANDS IN THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1939, FRANK CAPRA RELEASES “MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON”
  • IN 1945, THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST FOR THE RELEASE OF JUAN PERON ON LOYALTY DAY IN ARGENTINA
 
  • IN 1945, AVA GARDNER MARRIES ARTIE SHAW
  • IN 1956, MICHAEL ANDERSON RELEASES “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS”
  • IN 1957, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE
 
  • IN 1957, ALBERT CAMUS WINS THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
  • IN 1960, A CONTESTANT ON THE SHOW “TWENTY ONE” IS ARRESTED FOR PERJURY FOR LYING ABOUT BEING GIVEN ANSWERS TO THE SHOW, LEADING TO THE MOVIE “QUIZ SHOW”
 
  • IN 1963, THE BEATLES RECORD “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND”
  • IN 1964, THE YANKEES FIRE YOGI BERRA
  • IN 1964, MANFRED MANN HITS #1 WITH “DOO WAH DIDDY DIDDY”
 
  • IN 1966, “HOLLYWOOD SQUARES” DEBUTS ON NBC
  • IN 1967, “HAIR” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1968, PETER YATES RELEASES STEVE MCQUEEN’S “BULLITT”
  • IN 1970, THE JACKSON FIVE HIT #1 WITH “I’LL BE THERE”
 
  • IN 1972, CHUCK BERRY HITS #1 WITH “MY DING A LING”
  • IN 1973, THE ARAB MEMBERS OF OPEC DECLARE AN OIL EMBARGO ON THE U.S.
  • IN 1978, PRESIDENT CARTER SIGNS A BILL WHICH RESTORES CITIZENSHIP FOR CONFEDERATE PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS
 
  • IN 1979, “BEETLEMANIA” CLOSES ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1979, MOTHER TERESA WINS THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
  • IN 1979, PRESIDENT CARTER CREATES THE DEPARTMENT OF LEGISLATION
  • IN 1981, CHRISTOPHER CROSS HITS #1 WITH “ARTHUR’S THEME”
 
  • IN 1986, THE SENATE PASSES PRESIDENT REAGAN’S IMMIGRATION AND AMNESTY BILL WHICH PROHIBITS THE HIRING OF ILLEGAL ALIENS WHILE OFFERING AMNESTY TO ANYONE WHO ENTERED PRIOR TO 1982
  • IN 1987, FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN HAS A RADICAL MASTECTOMY
  • IN 1988, THE TRAVELING WILBURY’S RELEASE “HANDLE WITH CARE”
 
  • IN 1989, SAN FRANCISCO IS HIT WITH A 7.1 EARTHQUAKE. 67 PEOPLE ARE KILLED, INCLUDING 42 PEOPLE ON AN OAKLAND FREEWAY WHICH COLLAPSES. THE FIRST GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES IS INTERRUPTED AND POSTPONED IN CANDLESTICK PARK
  • IN 1990, BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG DROPS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL TO START A BAND
 
  • IN 1991, BLUE MAN GROUP PERFORM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1992, THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS ARE THE FIRST NON-U.S. TEAM TO COMPETE IN A WORLD SERIES GAME
  • IN 1993, “THE CHEVY CHASE SHOW” ENDS ITS RUN AFTER ONLY SIX WEEKS. FOX EXECUTIVES PUBLICLY CALL THE SHOW “EMBARRASSING TO WATCH”
 
  • IN 1998, A GAS PIPELINE EXPLODES IN NIGERIA KILLING 1200 PEOPLE
  • IN 2003, THE FINAL PINNACLE IS PLACED ON THE TOP OF TAIPEI 101 MAKING IT THE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD, REPLACING KUALA LUMPUR’S TWIN TOWERS
  • IN 2005, COMEDY CENTRAL DEBUTS “THE COLBERT REPORT”
 
  • IN 2006, THE UNITED STATES POPULATION PASSES 300 MILLION PEOPLE
  • IN 2007, JOEY BISHOP DIES AT 89
  • IN 2008, MADONNA AND GUY RICHIE ANNOUNCE THEY HAVE SEPARATED
  • IN 2012, LANCE ARMSTRONG LOSES ALL MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS AFTER HIS DOPING SCANDAL BECOMES PUBLIC
  • IN 2015, BRIDGET MOYNAHAN MARRIES BUSINESSMAN ANDREW FRANKEL
 

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