Events in Film & TV on October 17

Historic Invention

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

Film Release

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

Film Premiere

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

  • 1962 The Beatles make their live television debut, appearing on Manchester's local "People And Places" program, performing ‘Some Other Guy’ and their new single ‘Love Me Do’
  • 1965 WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

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

Film Release

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

Music History

1990 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 216 performances

Television Premiere

2005 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

Television Premiere

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

  • 2018 Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney leaves "Sesame Street" after 50 years

Television Debut

2018 The revived "The Connors" debuts on ABC TV starring Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman, without fired former star Roseanne Barr

Music History

2019 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London