Nov. 17: “Heidi” Interrupts Football Broadcast; Nixon’s “I Am Not a Crook” Remarks; D.C. Sniper Conviction
1968 “Heidi” Interrupts Football Game
Football fans were outraged when the made-for-TV movie “Heidi” interrupted an exciting game between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets. With 65 seconds left to play, NBC dropped the game to broadcast the children’s movie “Heidi.” The Jets were up 32-29 when the network made the switch, but while football fans were stuck watching the opening of “Heidi,” the Raiders came back, scored two touchdowns in nine seconds and won the game 43-32. Later the NFL amended TV broadcast contracts requiring that a game be shown in its entirety in their home markets.
1973 Richard Nixon: ‘I Am Not a Crook’
Watergate Scandal: In Orlando, Fla., President Nixon fielded questions from the AP about the Watergate break-in and cover up. Nixon insisted that he never profited from public service or obstructed justice. He said, “I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I got.”
1997 Six Militants Attack Tourists in Egypt
Gunmen opened fire on tour groups visiting an ancient temple in Luxor, Egypt. Dozens were killed and more were injured. After a battle with police, the gunmen were killed.
2003 D.C. Area Sniper Convicted
In Virginia, John Allen Muhammad was found guilty on four counts for his role in the Beltway sniper attacks. The jury found Muhammad guilty of capital murder while committing terrorism, capital murder for taking part in multiple killings, conspiracy to commit murder and using a firearm while committing a felony. The teenage accomplice arrested with Muhammad, Lee Boyd Malvo, was tried separately. In 2004, Muhammad received the death penalty. Lee Boyd Malvo received a life sentence without parole.
1942 Martin Scorsese
1944 Danny DeVito
1948 Howard Dean
1949 John Boehner
1966 Jeff Buckley
1976 Brandon Call
1978 Zoe Bell
1978 Rachel McAdams
1980 Isaac Hanson
1983 Christopher Paolini
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