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

Cannes Film Festival

1957 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or

Pro Wrestling

1963 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NYC, to become WWWF champ

  • 1966 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music History

1970 Anonymous buyer purchases one of the pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" for $15,000 at MGM Studio auction, and donates them to the Smithsonian Institution

  • 1975 NBC pays $5M for rights to show "Gone With The Wind" one time

Emmy Awards

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

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

Music History

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

  • 1984 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA

Film & TV History

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