On This Day

Events in Film & TV on October 17

InventionHistoric 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 James Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actor James Stewart
Actor
James 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 and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and 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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2005 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert

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

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

Actor John Goodman
Actor
John Goodman
Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr