On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1975

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
  • John Paul Stevens appointed to the US Supreme Court
  • Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on US President Ford's life

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestMilla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich, Russian born American actress (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil), born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

  • Napiera Danielle Groves, American actress and Miss USA-Washington, D.C. (1997, Miss Congeniality), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nick Dinsmore (Eugene), American professional wrestler
  • Nick Farrell, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • Tim Clark, South African golfer (US Masters 2006 runner-up; Players C'ship 2010), born in Durban, RSA

Famous Deaths

  • Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), dies at 67
  • Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86