Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

‘Sleeper’ opens in U.S. theaters 40 years ago today (12/17/1973)


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.

Allies victorious in Battle of San Pietro Infine 70 years ago today (12/17/1943)


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)

The Beatles perform for ‘Saturday Club’ 50 years ago this hour (12/17/1963)


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'