Born on this Day 17th November
1925 Rock Hudson
1937 Peter Cook
1941 Gene Clark
1934 Fenella Fielding
1942 Martin Scorsese
1943 Lauren Hutton
1944 Danny De Vito
1957 Debbie Thrower
1960 Jonathan Ross
1970 Paul Allender
1972 Joanne Goode
1972 Lorraine Pascale
1977 Paul Shepherd
1979 Matthew Spring
1981 Sarah Harding
1983 Harry Lloyd
1986 Greg Rutherford
1987 Craig Noone
Died On This Day
1994 Doris Speed
2002 Abba Eban
1960 Ray Charles scored his first US No.1 with ‘Georgia On My Mind’.
1979 Dr. Hook reached the No.1 in the UK with ‘When You’re In Love’.
1984 Nik Kershaw entered the charts at No.17 with ‘The Riddle’, which eventually peaked at No. 3.
1989 Adamski released his first record, ‘Baby Blues’ under the name The Stupid Babies on Fast Records.
1869 The first cycle race covering the 83 miles from Paris to Rouen, was won by Englishman James Moore.
1883 The first relay race was run as an experiment at Berkley, California, over 4 half mile laps. The first competetive relay race wasn’t run until March 1893.
People & Showbiz
1970 Stephanie Rahn became Britain’s first topless newspaper pin-up girl on her appearance on Page 3 of the Sun today.
1992 Sony unveiled the MiniDisc format.
1994 Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ opened on Broadway to break all records for advance ticket sales at £23.4 million.
1603 Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.
1800 The US Congress met for the first time with John Adams becoming the first President to move into the White House.
1869 The 100 mile Suez canal opened, having taken more than 10 years to complete.
1880 The first 3 women in Britain to graduate received their BA honours degrees at London University.
1959 Scottish airports Prestwick and Renfrew became the first airports in Britain to offer duty free goods. The shops carried the slogan ‘Buy as you fly’.
1987 The government announced the community charge or ‘Poll Tax’ would be introduced on April Fool’s Day, 1990.