On This Day

Events in Film & TV on May 17

  • 1938 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • 1939 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • 1957 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1963 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ
  • 1966 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1975 NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

1976 28th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

  • 1979 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation, "Ryan's Hope" wins Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1984 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA
  • 1990 "Cheers" star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
  • 1991 Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
  • 1996 Venezuelan Alicia Machado, aged 18, crowned 45th Miss Universe