Events in Film & TV on October 17

1stHistoric Invention

1888 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

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1939 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actor Jimmy Stewart
Actor
Jimmy Stewart

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1956 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • 1965 WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1967 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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1968 "Bullitt" directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

  • 1988 Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title

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2015 Amy Schumer's comedy special "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo" premieres on HBO

Comedian Amy Schumer
Comedian
Amy Schumer