Oct. 17 in History: Al Capone, 'The Drifters,' Black Power Salute and Benji
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- (Fort Wayne's NBC News) Here's a look at what happened throughout history on Oct. 17:
- 1931 - Notorious gangster Al Capone was sentenced to eleven years in prison for tax evasion.
- 1960 - R & B legends 'The Drifters' earned a #1 pop hit with "Save the Last Dance for Me."
- 1968 - Olympic gold medalists Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos were forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics.
- 1974 - The family classic about the loveable stray 'Benji' officially opened in Theatres.