On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1967

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand wins in 2:15:45; American Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:27:17 (unsanctioned)
  • Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti beats American Emile Griffith in a 15 round points decision to win world middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden; start of famous trilogy of fights between the pair
  • Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
  • Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Wallace, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Paris, Texas
  • Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic politician, Head of the Pirate Party, born in Reykjav√≠k
  • Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-Scottish actor (Desmond Hume-Lost), born in Trujillo, Peru
  • Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Leslie Bega, American actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Marquis Grissom, American baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Matthew "Mat" Chamberlain, American musician, songwriter and session player, born in San Pedro, California
  • Timothy Gibbs, American actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara), born in Burbank, California

Famous Deaths

  • Giorgio Cesana, Italian coxswain (Olympic gold 1906), dies at 75
  • Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)