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On this day... October 17, 2017

Fun and historical facts for October 17th

Jim Clerkin
October 17, 2017 - 9:10 am
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OCTOBER 17TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PASTA DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BLACK POETRY DAY

 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ARHTUR MILLER (1915-2005)
  • RITA HAYWORTH (1918-1987)
  • MONTGOMERY CLIFT (1920-1966)
  • TOM POSTON (1921-2007)

  • EVEL KNIEVEL (1938-2007)
  • MICHAEL MCKEAN (1947, 70)

  • GEORGE WENDT (1948, 69)

  • MARGOT KIDDER (1948, 69)

  • MAE JEMISON (1ST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN SPACE) (1956, 61)
  • DOLPH LUNDGREN (1959, 58)

  • NORM MCDONALD (1963, 54)
  • DOUG MCMILLON (CEO OF WALMART) (1966, 51)
  • ZIGGY MARLEY (1968, 49)
  • WYCLEF JEAN (FUGEES) (1969, 48)

  • CHRIS KIRKPATRICK (NSYNC) (1971, 46)

  • EMINEM (MARSHAL MATHERS) (1972, 45)
  • FELICITY JONES (1983, 34)

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1691, A NEW ROYAL CHARTER IS ISSUED FOR MASSACHUSETTS WHICH INCLUDES MAINE AND PLYMOUTH
  • IN 1707, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH MARRIES HIS COUSIN MARIA
  • IN 1749, SAMUEL ADAMS MARRIES ELIZABETH CHECKLEY
  • IN 1781, GENERAL CORNWALLIS IS DEFEATED AT YORKTOWN
  • IN 1787, BLACK CITIZENS PETITION THE CITY OF BOSTON FOR EQUAL SCHOOL FACILITIES
  • IN 1814, A SERIES OF BEER VATS RUPTURE AT MEUX AND COMPANY OF LONDON, DUMPING 388,000 GALLONS OF BEER INTO THE STREETS, DESTROYING HOMES AND KILLING 8 PEOPLE

  • IN 1860, WILLIE PARK WINS THE FIRST BRITISH GOLF OPEN IN SCOTLAND
  • IN 1888, THOMAS EDISON FILES A PATENT FOR THE PHONOGRAPH, WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY BE USED TO SHOW THE FIRST MOVIE
  • IN 1904, THE BANK OF ITALY (LATER BANK OF AMERICA) OPENS ITS FIRST BRANCH
  • IN 1916, “A DAUGHTER OF THE GODS” BECOMES BOTH THE FIRST MOVIE TO COST MORE THAN $1 MILLION AND THE FIRST MOVIE TO FEATURE A NUDE SCENE

  • IN 1919, RCA RECORDS (THE RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA) IS CREATED
  • IN 1920, THE DECATUR STALEYS (LATER THE CHICAGO BEARS) PLAY THEIR FIRST GAME
  • IN 1931, AL CAPONE IS CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION AND SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS

  • IN 1933, THE US ACCEPTS ALBERT EINSTEIN AS A REFUGEE FROM NAZI GERMANY
  • IN 1939, FRANK CAPRA’S “MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON” OPENS
  • IN 1940, GERMANY BEGINS ISSUING ID’S IN OCCUPIED COUNTRIES
  • IN 1941, THE USS KEARNEY BECOMES THE FIRST US SUBMARINE TORPEDOED IN WWII
  • IN 1945, AVA GARDNER MARRIES BAND LEADER ARTIE SHAW
  • IN 1956, “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS”, BASED ON THE JULES VERNE BOOK, OPENS

  • IN 1957, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE
  • IN 1957, ALBERT CAMUS WINS THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
  • IN 1960, A CONTESTANT IS ARRESTED ON PERJURY FOR GIVEN ANSWERS PRIOR TO THE AIRING OF THE GAME SHOW “QUIZ SHOW”, WHICH BECAME A MOVIE IN 1994
  • IN 1964, THE NEW YORK YANKEES FIRE YOGI BERRA
  • IN 1966, “HOLLYWOOD SQUARES” DEBUTS ON NBC

  • IN 1967, “HAIR” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1968, STEVE MCQUEEN’S “BULLITT” OPENS
  • IN 1970, ANWAR SADAT IS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF EGYPT
  • IN 1972, CHUCK BERRY GOES TO #1 ON THE CHARTS WITH “MY DING-A-LING”

  • IN 1973, ELEVEN ARAB STATES BEGIN AN OIL EMBARGO ON THE US
  • IN 1978, PRESIDENT CARTER SIGNS A BILL RESTORING AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP TO CONFEDERATE GENERAL JEFFERSON DAVIS
  • IN 1979, MOTHER TERESA IS AWARDED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
  • IN 1979, PRESIDENT CARTER SIGNS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INTO LAW
  • IN 1986, THE SENATE APPROVES AN IMMIGRATION BILL WHICH PROVIDES AMNESTY YO ILLEGALS WHO ENTERED THE US PRIOR TO 1982 AND PROHIBITS HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS
  • IN 1987, FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN UNDERGOES A RADICAL MASTECTOMY
  • IN 1988, THE TRAVELING WILBURY’S RELEASE “HANDLE WITH CARE”

  • IN 1989, A 7.1 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS SAN FRANCISCO, COLLAPSING AN OAKLAND FREEWAY AND INTERRUPTING THE WORLD SERIES. 67 PEOPLE DIED AND $10 BILLION IN DAMAGE
  • IN 1990, GREEN DAY’S LEAD SINGER, BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG, DROPS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL TO PURSUE MUSIC
  • IN 1991, BLUE MAN GROUP OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1993, “THE CHEVY CHASE SHOW” IS CANCELLED BY FOX AFTER SIX WEEKS
  • IN 2005, “THE COLBERT REPORT” DEBUTS ON COMEDY CENTRAL

  • IN 2006, THE UNITED STATES POPULATION PASSES 300 MILLION
  • IN 2007, JOEY BISHOP DIES AT 88
  • IN 2012, LANCE ARMSTRONG IS STRIPPED OF SEVERAL ENDORSEMENTS FOLLOWING THE REVELATION OF HIS DOPING SCANDAL

 

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