Daily Archives: October 17, 2017

‘Jailhouse Rock’ premieres in Memphis 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1957)


Video: 'Jailhouse Rock' trailer

(Thursday, October 17, 1957) — Elvis Presley’s third film, Jailhouse Rock, an American musical drama about a young man who becomes a rock ‘n’ roll sensation after learning to play the guitar in prison, premiered tonight at Loews State Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. Continue reading ‘Jailhouse Rock’ premieres in Memphis 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1957)

‘Hair’ rock musical premieres Off-Broadway 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1967)


Video: 'Hair (Original Broadway Cast Recording)' (19 videos)

(Tuesday, October 17, 1967, 8:30 p.m. EDT)Hair, the first “rock musical,” premiered tonight at the new Public Theater (still under construction) at 425 Lafayette Street in the former Astor Library in Lower Manhattan. Continue reading ‘Hair’ rock musical premieres Off-Broadway 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1967)

Germans free hostages on hijacked plane in Somalia 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 18 1977)


Video: '1977: The Airplane: Palestinian Terrorists Hijack Lufthansa Plane'

(Tuesday, October 18, 1977, at 2:07 a.m. EAT) — Ninety minutes before a threatened massacre deadline, a West German commando unit stormed a hijacked Lufthansa airliner today on an airport runway in Mogadishu, Somalia, ending a five-day, 6,000-mile hijacking episode by shooting the four terrorists (three were killed) and freeing all 86 hostages unharmed. Continue reading Germans free hostages on hijacked plane in Somalia 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 18 1977)

The Beatles attend memorial service for Brian Epstein 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1967)


Video: 'The Beatles arrive for a Brian Epstein memorial'

(Tuesday, October 17, 1967, 6:00 p.m. BST) — The Beatles attended a memorial service for their manager Brian Epstein, who died Aug. 27, 1967, of at the age of 32, tonight at the New London Synagogue at 33 Abbey Road, London, close to EMI Studios. Continue reading The Beatles attend memorial service for Brian Epstein 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1967)

British forces surrender at Saratoga, New York 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1777)


Video: 'Battle of Saratoga'

(Friday, October 17, 1777; following the Battles of Saratoga, part of the American Revolution) — British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops today in Saratoga, New York, in a turning point of the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading British forces surrender at Saratoga, New York 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1777)