TODAY IN HISTORY
Nov. 17, 1800
Congress held its first session in the partially completed U.S. Capitol building.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1925
Actor Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois.
NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the closing minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin the TV special “Heidi” on schedule. (After being taken off the air, the Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets, 43-32.)
President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”
The first national TV commercial for condoms (Trojan) aired during an episode of the Fox situation comedy “Herman’s Head.”