October 17

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1888 – Thomas Edison applied for a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

1888 – The first issue of “National Geographic Magazine” went on sale.

1917 – The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed.

1931 – Al Capone was convicted on income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released from jail in 1939.

1933 – “News-Week” appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to “Newsweek”.

1957 – Lake Michigan was accidentally crossed by two Milwaukee men in a hot air balloon. The balloon (the actual one used in the movie “Around the World in 80 Days”) was being used in a shopping center promotion and eventually ended up in a wild seven hour ride that ended in a Benton Harbor tree.

1978 – President Jimmy Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

1979 – The Department of Education Organization Act was signed into law creating the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.

1979 – Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize.

1987 – First Lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

1989 – The Loma Prieta earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale, hit the San Francisco Bay area in California. The quake caused 63 deaths, 3,757 injuries, and up to $7 billion in damages.

2000 – Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opened to the public in New York, NY. The 42nd Street location joined Tussaud’s other exhibitions already in operation in London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Las Vegas, NV.

2001 – The U.S. Capitol and the House Office Building were closed for inspection following the discovery of anthrax in a Senate office building.

2003 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Memantine to help people with Alzheimer’s symptoms.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Julie Adams 1926 – Actress (“Bend of the River”, “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, TV’s “Capitol”, “Murder, She Wrote”)

Jim Seals 1941 – Singer (Seals and Crofts)

Gary Puckett 1942 – Musician (The Union Gap)

Michael McKean 1947 – Actor (“This is Spinal Tap”, “A Mighty Wind”, “Auto Focus”, “The Producers”, played Lenny on TV’s “Laverne and Shirley”, “Better Call Saul”, “Family Tree”, “Saturday Night Live”)

Margot Kidder 1948 – Actress (“Superman”, “Sisters”, “Black Christmas”)

George Wendt 1948 – Actor (Played Norm on TV’s “Cheers”)

Bill Hudson 1949 – Musician (The Hudson Brothers)

Mae Jemison 1956 – Doctor, former astronaut (First African-American woman in space)

Vincent Van Patten 1957 – Actor, tennis player

Alan Jackson 1958 – Singer, musician

Norm MacDonald 1959 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, “Norm”)

Mike Judge 1962 – Animator, director (TV’s “Beavis and Butthead”, “King of the Hill”, “Silicon Valley”, directed movies “Office Space”, “Idiocracy”, “Extract”)

Ziggy Marley 1968 – Reggae musician

Wyclef Jean 1969 – Musician, actor, politician

Chris Kirkpatrick 1971 – Singer (‘N Sync)

Eminem (Marshall Mathers III) 1972 – Rapper, actor, author

Felicity Jones 1983 – Actress (“The Theory of Everything”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Mulligan Day

Playing Card Collection Day

Spreadsheet Day

Wear Something Gaudy Day (I celebrate this just about every day!)

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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