Today In History
Here is what happened
on Tuesday - October 17th...
History, n. One darn thing after another.
Famous People Born On This Day In History...
|1880||Charles Kraft, founder of the Kraft Food Company, supplier of Kraft Dinners to undergraduates everywhere.
Today, this person is/would be 137 years old.
|1912||Albino Luciani, aka Pope John Paul I, in Forno di Canale, Italy. Elected the 263rd Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on September 28, 1978, he died just 34 days later. It was fun while it lasted.
Today, this person is/would be 105 years old.
|1915||Arthur Miller, American playwright. Play: Death of A Salesman.
Today, this person is/would be 102 years old.
|1918||Rita Hayworth, actress.
Today, this person is/would be 99 years old.
|1920||Montgomery Clift, actor.
Today, this person is/would be 97 years old.
|1930||Jimmy Breslin, hard-drinking hard-living New York newspaper columnist
Today, this person is/would be 87 years old.
|1938||Robert Craig, aka Evel Knievel, dare-devil stunt driver. Once claimed that he had broken every bone in his body at least once.
Today, this person is/would be 79 years old.
|1948||George Wendt, of Cheers fame, (NORM!).
Today, this person is/would be 69 years old.
|1958||Alan Jackson, singer songwriter.
Today, this person is/would be 59 years old.
Events On This Day In History...
|1781||Cornwall is defeated at Yorktown. |
|1860||First professional golf tournament is held (in Scotland). |
|1888||The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" is published.|
|1904||Bank of Italy (precursor of the Bank of America) opens its doors. |
|1917||The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is formed.|
|1931||Legendary Chicago gangster Al Capone is convicted on income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.|
|1933||Dr. Albert Einstein moves to Princeton, NJ, after leaving Germany.|
|1945||Colonel Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina after staging a coup in Buenos Aires.|
|1967||The pro-hippie anti-Vietnam War musical "Hair" premieres at New York's Public Theatre. The show ran for 1,758 performances. "Let The Sunshine In"|
|1973||Eleven Arab nations began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Isarael when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasts until March of 1974.|
|1978||US President Carter signs a bill restoring US citizenship to long-deceased Confederate President Jefferson Davis.|
|1979||Mother Teresa of India is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.|
|1989||An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale hits the San Francisco Bay area in California. The quake causes about 67 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $7 billion, but it's not The Big One.|
|1994||Israel and Jordan initial a draft peace treaty.|
|1994||The Angolan government and rebels agree to a peace treaty which ends their 19 years of civil war.|
|1995||In London, Sting's former financial adviser is sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of stealing $9.4 million from the musician.|
|1995||Rhino Home Video releases 58 episodes of "The Monkees" on 21 cassettes. It was the largest video boxed set to be released. The scary part was that there actually were people who bought it.|
|1997||The remains of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara are laid to rest in his adopted Cuba, 30 years after his execution in Bolivia.|