April 17 in Pop Culture History

April 17 in Pop Culture History

1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer told The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

1815 (Volcano) Tambora volcano in Indonesia killed almost 100,000 people.

1861 – The first oil well fire occurred at the Little and Merrick well at Oil Creek, near Rouseville, Pennsylvania, killing 19 people.

1897 – A UFO supposedly crashed into a farm owned by J.S. Proctor in Aurora, Texas.

1906 – San Francisco was hit by a disastrous earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.8.

1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center in New York processed 11,747 people, more than on any other day.

1937 – Daffy Duck’s first appearance was in Porky’s Duck Hunt.

1960 – Singer Eddie Cochran died, and Gene Vincent was injured in a UK car accident.

1961 – The unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion began.

1964 – Geraldine ‘Jerrie’ Mock landed in Columbus, Ohio, becoming the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world.

1964 – The Ford Mustang as introduced to the North American market.

1966 – Policemen Dale Spaur and Wilbur Neff reported chasing a UFO at 5:00 AM in Portage County, Ohio.

1971 – #1 Hit April 17, 1971 – May 28, 1971: Three Dog NightJoy to the World

1973 (Tornado) Balurchar, Bangladesh

1979 – The worst attended MLB game occurred in Oakland on 4/17/1979 – Only 250 people showed up.

1987 – Project X was released in theaters.

2011 – Game of Thrones premiered on HBO

2014 – NASA’s Kepler confirmed the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

2015 – Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended debuted in theaters.

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