Born on this Day 17th October
1918 Rita Hayworth
1915 Arthur Miller
1938 Ann Jones
1939 Evel Knievel
1940 Peter Stringfellow
1942 Kelly Monteith
1948 Margot Kidder
1969 Ernie Els
1974 Matthew Macfadyen
1983 Felicity Jones
1985 Max Irons
Died On This Day
1849 Frederic Chopin
1977 Sir Michael Balcon
1979 S.J . Perelman
1964 The Beatles held the top 2 positions on the US album chart with ‘Hard Days Night’ and ‘Something New’ respectively.
1987 The Bee Gees reached the No.1 position with ‘You Win Again’.
1996 Sting performed in front of 40,000 fans in Ho Chi Minh City, becoming the biggest Western rock star to preform in the communist state. But only after officials had examined his lyrics for months.
1973 England drew 1-1 with Poland, so failed to qualify for the World Cup.
1986 Barcelona was chosen as the venue for the 1992 Olympic Games. Birmingham received only 8 votes.
People & Showbiz
1975 The first episode of Gerry Anderson’s science fiction drama ‘Space:1999’ was broadcast by the BBC.
1976 The first episode of ‘The New Avengers’ was broadcast.
1934 As part of his plans to increase the German population, Hitler announced a cut in income tax for larger families, the larger the family, the lower the tax.
1956 Britain’ first large-scale atomic energy station, Calder Hall in Cumbria, was opened by the Queen.
1980 Mount St.Helens in Washington erupted for the 3rd time in 24 hours.
1992 In California, a nun who had taken a vow of poverty 54 years previously, won 1 million USD in a state lottery.
1997 Downing Street released details of their proposed ‘no win, no fee’ legal aid scheme, much to the outrage of lawyers