(Saturday, December 17, 1983) — “Say It Isn’t So” by Hall & Oates peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for four weeks. Continue reading ‘Say It Isn’t So’ by Hall & Oates peaks at #1 in USA 30 years ago today (12/17/1983)
Video: 'Sleeper' trailer
(Monday, December 17, 1973) — Sleeper’, a futuristic science fiction comedy film about the owner of a health food store who is cryogenically frozen in 1973 and defrosted 200 years later in an ineptly-led police state, opened today in U.S. theaters.
Directed by Woody Allen, the film stars Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Marya Small and Susan Miller.
Video: 'The Battle of San Pietro John Huston WW2 Documentary 1945 Movie'
(Friday, December 17, 1943; part of the Winter Line and the battle for Rome during the Italian Campaign of World War II) — Allied Forces today won the Battle of San Pietro Infine (commonly referred to as the “Battle of San Pietro”) against heavily fortified positions of the German “Winter Line” in and around the town of San Pietro Infine, just south of Monte Cassino about halfway between Naples and Rome. Continue reading Allies victorious in Battle of San Pietro Infine 70 years ago today (12/17/1943)
(Sunday, December 17, 1933) — In the inaugural NFL championship football game, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 23-21 today at Wrigley Field.
Video: 'Wright Brothers First Flight (1903)'
(Thursday, December 17, 1903, 10:35 a.m.) — Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights today near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.
Video: 'The Beatles - Saturday Club (21st December 1963) Part 1'
(Tuesday, December 17, 1963, 3:00 p.m. GMT) — The Beatles recorded their contribution to the 1963 Christmas edition of the BBC radio show Saturday Club today at the Playhouse Theatre in London, for airing on Dec. 21, 1963, at 10 a.m.
The Beatles performed four songs: This Boy, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Till There Was You and Roll Over Beethoven.
They also performed a ‘Chrimble Medley’, comprising Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me To You, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, all of which lasted just 29 seconds, and sang a pastiche of Dora Bryan’s seasonal hit All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle, adapting the words to All I Want For Christmas Is A Bottle.
Video: 'The Beatles - Saturday Club (21st December 1963) Part 2'