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October 17th In Pop Culture History

Today is Edge Day, an official holiday founded by people who live straight-edge lifestyles.

The song One Week by the Barenaked Ladies spent exactly one week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

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.

October 17, 1943 Birthday (fictional) Professor Filius Flitwick, Harry Potter

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.

October 17, 1959 Birthday (fictional) Adrain Monk, Monk, TV

1960 - #1 Hit October 17, 1960 - October 23, 1960: The Drifters - Save the Last Dance for Me

1964 - #1 Hit October 17, 1964 - October 30, 1964: Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy

1965 - The 196465 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 5 - I'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 Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

1987 - #1 Hit October 17, 1987 - October 23, 1987: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam - Lost in Emotion

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

October 17, 1998 - Halloweentown aired on the Disney Channel

1998 - #1 Hit October 17, 1998 - November 13, 1998: Barenaked Ladies - One 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

October 17th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Eminem 'Marshall Bruce Mathers III' (1972)
Nick Cannon (1980)
Evel Knievel (1938)
Wyclef Jean (1972)
Mike Judge (1962)
Norm Macdonald (1963)
Jean Arthur (1990)
Rita Hayworth (1918)
A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

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