October 17 in Pop Culture History

17October 17 in Pop Culture History

1091 – The London Tornado of 1091 destroyed many buildings, and killed two people.

1814 – The London Beer Flood killed 8 people.

1860 – First Open (Golf) Championship (referred to in the US as the British Open).

1919 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) incorporated.

1931 – Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.

1956 – The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened in Sellafield, Cumbria, England.

1956 – Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer played a game of chess labeled The Game of the Century. Fischer beat Byrne.

1958 – An Evening With Fred Astaire premiered, it was one the first “special” programs on television, and won nine Emmy Awards.

1960 – #1 Hit October 17, 1960 – October 23, 1960: The DriftersSave the Last Dance for Me

1964 – #1 Hit October 17, 1964 – October 30, 1964: Manfred MannDo Wah Diddy Diddy

1965 – The 1964/65 New York World’s Fair closed. Over 51 million people had attended the event.

1966 – All of NBC’s news programming began airing in full-color.

1970 – #1 Hit October 17, 1970 – November 20, 1970: The Jackson 5I’ll Be There

1973 – OPEC imposed an oil embargo against a number of Western countries.

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

1979 – Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize.

1981 – #1 Hit October 17, 1981 – November 6, 1981: Christopher CrossArthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

1987 – #1 Hit October 17, 1987 – October 23, 1987: Lisa Lisa and Cult JamLost in Emotion

1989 (Earthquake) The Lome Prieta earthquake interrupted Game 3 of the World Series

1998 – #1 Hit October 17, 1998 – November 13, 1998: Barenaked LadiesOne Week

2005 – The Colbert Report premiered on Comedy Central

2007 – Storm Chasers debuted on The Discovery Channel

2008 – Ghost Adventures premiered on The Travel Channel

 

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