Today's Holidays for November 17
Feast Day of St. Hilda Patron saint of business and professional women.
Today's History Trivia for November 17
1973 I Am Not a Crook With the Watergate scandal looming, Nixon gives his famous speech in front of 400 Associated Press editors. "I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got."
1992 NBC's Dateline airs a segment showing a GM truck exploding during a car crash test, not disclosing that they had used an explosive device to ensure the explosion.
1991 First U.S. Nationally-Televised Condom Ad During an episode of Herman's Head.
1968 Heidi Game An NBC broadcast of the Oakland Raiders-New York Jets game is cut off in the last minutes to start the movie Heidi; during which, Oakland scored two touchdowns in nine seconds to come from behind and win 43-32.
1966 The greatest meteor shower ever recorded, at the rate of 2,300 meteors per minute over Arizona at 5 a.m.
1955 First inductees into the Jockey Hall of Fame Eddie Arcaro, Earle Sande and George Woolf.
1934 Buck Rogers Buck's XZ-31 rocket pistol goes on sale. Over 2,000 people lined up outside Macy's in New York City.
1869 Suez Canal The North-South waterway connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas opens, cutting the trip from London to Bombay almost in half.
1800 Washington, D.C. First meeting of the U.S. Congress in the newly formed Capital city.
Today's Birthdays for November 17
1944 Gene Clark d. 1991 American singer, with The Byrds. Music: Mr. Tambourine Man (1965, #1).
1944 Danny DeVito American Emmy-winning actor. Film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Romancing the Stone (1984), Ruthless People (1986), Throw Momma From the Train (1987) TV: Taxi (Louie).
1943 Lauren Hutton American model, Playboy bunny, actress. Film: American Gigolo (1979).
1942 Martin Scorsese American director. Film: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
1938 Gordon Lightfoot Canadian singer, songwriter. Music: If You Could Read My Mind (1970), Sundown (1974, #1), and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976).
1937 Peter Cook d. 1995 English actor, comedian. He is often credited with founding contemporary British satire.
1934 James Mountain Inhofe American politician, U.S. Senator (Republican Oklahoma, 1995-). Known for his position that global warming is the "greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." In a 2006 speech he proclaimed, "my wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship."
1925 Rock Hudson d. 1985 (Roy Scherer Jr.), American actor. TV: McMillan and Wife (McMillan). He was the first major public figure to announce he had AIDS.
1906 Soichiro Honda d. 1991 Japanese motorcycle and automobile maker.
1901 Lee Strasberg d. 1982 acting teacher, the father of method acting in America. His disciples include Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
1755 Louis XVIII d. 1824 (Louis Stanislas Xavier), King of France (1814-24).
1749 Nicolas Appert d. 1841 French scientist and chef. The Father of Canning. He was the first person to preserve food in jars (1804), opened the first canning factory, and invented the bouillon cube.
A.D. 9 Vespasian d. A.D. 79 Roman Emperor (69-79 A.D.), responsible for the building of the Colosseum.
Deaths for November 17
1917 Auguste Rodin b. 1840 French sculptor, noted for his famous statue The Thinker (1888). When motion photography proved that horses didn't gallop in the manner often depicted by artists he responded, "It is the artist who is truthful and it is photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop."
2006 Ruth Brown b. 1928 American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame jazz singer, Tony-winning actress, Queen of R&B. She was Atlantic Records' best-selling artist for the 1950s. Atlantic Records was sometimes referred to as: "The house the Ruth built." Music: Teardrops From My Eyes (1950, #1) and (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean (1953, #1).
1998 Esther Rolle b. 1920 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Maude (1972-74, Florida Evans) and Good Times (1974-77, 1978-79, Florida Evans).
1975 Detlev Wulf Bronk b. 1897 American scientist, educator, "Father of Biophysics." He served as president of Johns Hopkins University (1949-53).
1558 Mary Tudor b. 1516 Queen of England and Ireland (1553-58). Her persecution of Protestants for heresy to the Roman Catholic Church earned her the name "Bloody Mary."
680 Saint Hilda b. 614 see Feast Day above.