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April 17th In Pop Culture History

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

April 17, 1775 (fiction) The Continental Congress declared that New Jersey was the 'Official Joke State', Futurama, Cartoon

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.

April 17, 19** Birthday (fictional) Daffy Duck, Cartoon affy 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 Night - Joy 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.

April 17th Celebrity Birthdays

Learned At The Movies...

American banker/CEO, J.P. Morgan (1837)
Actor, Otto Lederer (1886)
Actor, Art Acord (1890)
Actor, Bert Wheeler (1895)
Ventriloquist, Senor Wences (1896)
Actor, Arthur Lake (1905)
Actor, Louis Jean Heydt (1905)
Actor, Paul Langton (1913)
Actor, Richard Travis (1913)
Actress, Anne Shirley (1918)
Actor, William Holden (1918, d.1981)
Musician, Chevela Vargas (1919)
Newscaster, Harry Reasoner (1923)
Actress, Joyce Buck (1925)
Musician, Chris Barber (1930)
Musician, Genevieve (1930)
Producer, Don Kirshner (1934)
Musician, Pete Graves (1936)
Animated character, Daffy Duck (1937)
Musician, Billy Fury (1941)
Director, Mario Brenta (1942)
Actor, David Bradley (1942)
Musician, Roy Estrada (1943)
Newscaster, Henry Kelly (1946)
Musician, Linda Martin (1947)
Composer, Jan Hammer (1948)
Actress, L. Scott Caldwell (1950)
Actress, Olivia Hussey (1951)
Actress, Kim Tyler (1954)
Wrestler, Rowdy Roddy Piper (1954)
Musician, Michael Sembello (1954)
Musician, Pete Shelley (1955)
Actor, Byron Cherry (1957)
Author, Nick Hornby (1957)
Actor, Sean Bean (1959)
Actress, Elizabeth Lindsey (1959)
Musician, Stephen Singleton (1959)
Actress, Teri Austin (1959)
Actor, Joel Murray (1963)
American Gladiator, Rayne Hollit "Zap" (1964)
Musician, Maynard James Keenan (1964)
Actress, Lela Rochon (1964)
Actor, William Mapother (1965)
Actor, Vikram (1966)
Actress, Leslie Bega (1967)
Actor, Timothy Gibbs (1967)
Actress, Kimberly Elise (1967)
Actor, Henry Ian Cusick (1967)
Musician, Liz Phair (1967)
Fashion designer, Alexander McQueen (1969)
Musician, Redman (1970)
Actress, Jennifer Garner (1972)
Actress, Claire Sweeney (1972)
Musician, Victoria Beckham (1974)
Musician, Mikael Akerfeldt (1974)
Actor, Gabriel Soto (1975)
Actress, Monet Mazur (1976)
Actor, Alec Nesic (1976)
Musician, Sizzla (1977)
Actress, Lindsay Hartley (1978)
Actress, Tram-Anh Tran (1979)
Actor, Nicholas D'Agosto (1980)
Actress, Susie Amy (1981)
Model, Lee Jun Ki (1982)
Model, Rosanna Davison (1984)
Actor, Paulie Litt (1995)
Actress, Dee Dee Davis (1996)
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