Today's History Trivia for October 17
1989 San Francisco Earthquake of 1989 The opening of the World Series in San Francisco is interrupted by earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. An Oakland freeway collapsed killing 42 people. In all the damage was $10 billion with 67 people killed.
1916 First Sex-Shocker Movie A Daughter of the Gods opens in New York City. It contained what is considered the first complete nude scene by a major star. The character Anitia, played by Australian swimming star Annette Kellermann, is shown nude in a waterfall, however, her body is mostly covered by her hair. It is the first US film production to cost $1 million to produce. Although a few stills remain, the film has been lost.
1814 London Beer Flood A beer vat at the Meux and Company Brewery ruptures causing other vats to rupture. In all, 1,470,000 liters (388,000 U.S. gallons) of beer spilled into the streets destroying homes and killing eight people.
1993 The Chevy Chase Show The ex-Saturday Night Live star's bid as a late-night host ends after six weeks - Fox executives said it was so bad it was "embarrassing to watch."
1973 Arab Oil Embargo Eleven Arab states declare an oil embargo on the U.S. It wasn't lifted until March.
1966 Hollywood Squares The NBC game show debuts, with its host Peter Marshall.
1960 Quiz Show Scandal A contestant from the TV quiz show Twenty-One is arrested on perjury charges after he told a grand jury that he had not been given answers prior to the show. The 1994 movie Quiz Show was based on these events.
1931 Al Capone The public enemy #1 is convicted of tax evasion. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released from Alcatraz in 1939.
Today's Birthdays for October 17
1938 Evel Knievel d. 2007 (Robert Craig Knievel), American motorcycle stunt rider, breaking 37 bones during his stunt career. He also won the Northern Rocky Mountain Ski Association Class A Men's ski jumping championship (1957).
1958 Bill Holbrook American cartoonist. Created On the Fastrack (1984).
1956 Mae Jemison American astronaut. First black woman in space (1992, aboard the space shuttle Endeavor). She also appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
1948 Margot Kidder Canadian actress. Film: the Superman movies (Lois Lane).
1948 George Wendt American actor. TV: Cheers (Norm Peterson).
1947 Michael McKean American actor. TV: Laverne & Shirley (Lenny Kosnowski).
1933 The Singing Nun d. 1985 (Jeannine Deckers), Belgian nun. Her song Dominique (1963) went to #1 on the U.S. charts.
1926 Julie Adams (Betty May Adams), American actress, Jimmy Stewart's wife on The Jimmy Stewart Show and starred in The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
1926 Beverly Garland d. 2008 (Beverly Fessenden), American actress. TV: My Three Sons (Steve's wife Barbara).
1921 Tom Poston d. 2007 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Mork & Mindy (Mr. Bickley) and Newhart (handyman George Utley).
1915 Arthur Miller d. 2005 American Pulitzer-winning playwright. Writings: Death of a Salesman (1949, Pulitzer) and View from the Bridge (1955). He was also married to Marilyn Monroe (1956-61).
1912 John Paul I d. 1978 (Albino Luciani), 263rd Pope (Aug. - Sept. 1978), had been Pope for only 34 days when he died of a heart attack.
1902 Irene Ryan d. 1973 American actress. TV: The Beverly Hillbillies (Granny).
1900 Jean Arthur d. 1991 (Gladys Greene), American actress, Film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). TV: The Jean Arthur Show.
1899 Robert Kempner d. 1993 German member of the U.S. prosecution team for the Nuremberg trials. He discovered the Wannsee Protocol, a record of the 1942 Nazi meeting that approved plans for the "final solution" - the murder of 6,000,000 Jews. As chief legal adviser in the Prussian Ministry of the Interior (1928-35), he sought to prosecute Adolf Hitler for high treason and to ban the Nazi Party. After the rise of the Nazi Party he expelled from Germany.
1780 Richard Mentor Johnson d. 1850 9th U.S. Vice-President (1837-41).
1711 Jupiter Hammon d. 1790 poet. He became the first African-America to publish his own poetry, with the publishing of An Evening Thought on Dec. 25, 1760.
Deaths for October 17
2007 Joey Bishop b. 1918 (Joseph Abraham Gottlieb), American comedian. He was a member of the "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. Film: Ocean's Eleven (1960, Mushy O'Connors). TV: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host more than 175 times).
1991 Tennessee Ernie Ford b. 1919 (Ernest Jennings Ford), American Grammy-winning country singer. Music: Ballad of Davy Crockett (1955) and Sixteen Tons (1955, #1).
1977 Robert Calvin Hubbard b. 1900 American athlete, the first person to be elected to three sports halls of fame: National Football Hall of Fame (1962), Football Hall of Fame (1963), and the National Baseball Hall of Fame (1976).
1910 Julia Ward Howe b. 1819 American poet. She wrote the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic (1861).
1849 Frederic Francois Chopin b. 1810 Polish composer, pianist.
532 Boniface II b. ???? Italian religious leader, 55th Pope (530-532).