On November 17, 1942: Director extraordinaire Martin Scorsese was born in Corona, Queens. An incredibly prolific and now legendary filmmaker, Scorsese has won numerous awards and has directed many the American classic, from Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire. Scorcese’s recent film The Wolf of Wall Street was nominated for five Academy Awards.
19 FREE THROWS LIKE IT WAS NOTHING
On November 17, 1981: New York Knicks center Bill Cartwright tied the NBA record previously set by St. Louis’ Bob Pettit by making 19 straight free throws in a game. He currently coaches the Osaka Evessa professional basketball team in Japan.
BROADWAY’S READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP
On November 17, 1994: Sunset Boulevard, a musical based on the 1950 film of the same title, premiered on Broadway at the Minskoff Theater. The show was long-running and saw numerous revivals and tours, and the film adaptation has become an American classic.