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17th of August 0986 EVENT A Byzantine army is destroyed in the pass of Trajan's Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron. The Byzantine emperor Basil II narrowly escaped.
17th of August 1807 EVENT Robert Fulton's first American steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
17th of August 1862 EVENT Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
17th of August 1862 EVENT American Civil War: Major General J.E.B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
17th of August 1863 EVENT American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
17th of August 1864 EVENT American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville : Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
17th of August 1883 EVENT The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.
17th of August 1907 EVENT Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opened in Seattle.
17th of August 1908 EVENT Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, realized by Emile Cohl, is shown in Paris.
17th of August 1914 EVENT World War I: Battle of Stalluponen : The German army of General Hermann von Francois defeats the Russian force commanded by Pavel Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
17th of August 1915 EVENT Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia.
17th of August 1918 EVENT Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
17th of August 1942 EVENT U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).
17th of August 1942 EVENT World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force begins regular combat operations in Europe with an attack on the marshalling yards at Rouen-Sotteville.
17th of August 1943 EVENT The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission.
17th of August 1943 EVENT World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
17th of August 1943 EVENT World War II: First Quebec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
17th of August 1945 EVENT Indonesian Declaration of Independence.
17th of August 1947 EVENT The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
17th of August 1953 EVENT Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
17th of August 1959 EVENT Quake Lake: Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
17th of August 1959 EVENT Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.
17th of August 1960 EVENT Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
17th of August 1962 EVENT East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.
17th of August 1969 EVENT Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.
17th of August 1970 EVENT Venera Program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
17th of August 1978 EVENT Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
17th of August 1979 EVENT Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156
17th of August 1980 EVENT Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
17th of August 1982 EVENT The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
17th of August 1988 EVENT Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
17th of August 1998 EVENT Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.
17th of August 1999 EVENT A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Izmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
17th of August 2004 EVENT The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
17th of August 2005 EVENT The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
17th of August 2005 EVENT Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
17th of August 2008 EVENT Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
17th of August 1473 BIRTHDAY Richard, Duke of York
17th of August 1578 BIRTHDAY Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)
17th of August 1601 BIRTHDAY Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician (d. 1665)
17th of August 1629 BIRTHDAY King John III of Poland (d. 1696)
17th of August 1686 BIRTHDAY Nicola Porpora, Italian composer (d. 1768)
17th of August 1753 BIRTHDAY Josef Dobrovsky, Czech linguist (d. 1828)
17th of August 1768 BIRTHDAY Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French general (d. 1800)
17th of August 1786 BIRTHDAY Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier (d. 1836)
17th of August 1786 BIRTHDAY Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, mother of Queen Victoria (d. 1861)
17th of August 1794 BIRTHDAY Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfurst, German priest (d. 1849)
17th of August 1828 BIRTHDAY Jules Bernard Luys, French neurologist (d. 1897)
17th of August 1844 BIRTHDAY Menelek II of Ethiopia (d. 1913)
17th of August 1863 BIRTHDAY Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and naturalist (d. 1924)
17th of August 1866 BIRTHDAY Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
17th of August 1866 BIRTHDAY Julia Marlowe, English actress (d. 1950)
17th of August 1873 BIRTHDAY John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
17th of August 1878 BIRTHDAY Reggie Duff, Australian cricketer (d. 1911)
17th of August 1880 BIRTHDAY Percy Sherwell, South African cricketer (d. 1948)
17th of August 1887 BIRTHDAY Charles I of Austria (d. 1922)
17th of August 1887 BIRTHDAY Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born Black rights activist (d. 1940)
17th of August 1888 BIRTHDAY Monty Woolley, American actor (d. 1963)
17th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Harry Hopkins, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)
17th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
17th of August 1893 BIRTHDAY Mae West, American actress (d. 1980)
17th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
17th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
17th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
17th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
17th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Martin Sandberger, German military officer (d. 2010)
17th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player (d. 1995)
17th of August 1913 BIRTHDAY Rudy York, American baseball player (d. 1970)
17th of August 1913 BIRTHDAY W. Mark Felt, American Watergate informant (d. 2008)
17th of August 1913 BIRTHDAY Oscar Alfredo Galvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
17th of August 1914 BIRTHDAY Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (d. 1988)
17th of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Georgia Gibbs, American singer (d. 2006)
17th of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Maureen O'Hara, Irish actress
17th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Geoffrey Rudolph Elton, British historian (d. 1994)
17th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Roy Tattersall, England cricketer
17th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY Jiang Zemin, Chinese politician
17th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
17th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY Jean Poiret, French actor, director and screenwriter (d. 1992)
17th of August 1929 BIRTHDAY Francis Gary Powers, American U-2 pilot (d. 1977)
17th of August 1929 BIRTHDAY Jimmy Donley, American singer (d. 1963)
17th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Ted Hughes, English poet (d. 1998)
17th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Glenn Corbett, American actor (d. 1993)
17th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY V. S. Naipaul, West Indian writer, Nobel Laureate
17th of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
17th of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA executive
17th of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Oleg Tabakov, Russian actor
17th of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor (d. 2007)
17th of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Ronnie Butler, singer
17th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric
17th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician
17th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Luther Allison, American musician (d. 1997)
17th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Anthony Valentine, British actor
17th of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian film director (d. 2006)
17th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Boog Powell, American baseball player
17th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Jean Pierre Lefebvre, French Canadian film director
17th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Robert De Niro, American actor
17th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
17th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, billionaire
17th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Martha Coolidge, American film director
17th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Patrick Manning, 4th and 6th Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago
17th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Gary Talley, American musician (Box Tops)
17th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Sylvia Nasar, German-born American economist and author
17th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Rod MacDonald, American musician
17th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Sib Hashian, American musician (Boston)
17th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Norm Coleman, American politician
17th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Robert Joy, Canadian actor
17th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Alan Minter, British boxer
17th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
17th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal of BMW Sauber
17th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Nelson Piquet, Brazilian race car driver
17th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Kevin Rowland, English musician (Dexys Midnight Runners)
17th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Judith Regan, American book publisher
17th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Michael Malthouse, Premiership winning Australian football coach
17th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Eric Johnson, American guitarist
17th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Richard Hilton, American heir
17th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Colin Moulding, English bass player, singer and songwriter (XTC)
17th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Alvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
17th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Gail Berman, American film executive
17th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Robin Cousins, British figure skater
17th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Belinda Carlisle, American singer
17th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Fred Goodwin British banker
17th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Kirk Stevens, Canadian snooker player
17th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Chika Sakamoto, Japanese voice actress and singer
17th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Franzen, American author
17th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
17th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Eric Schlosser, American author
17th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Sean Penn, American actor and director
17th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer
17th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Gilby Clarke, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
17th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY John Marshall Jones, American actor
17th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Buddy Landel, American professional wrestler
17th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Jon Gruden, American football coach
17th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY S. Shankar, Indian film director
17th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Colin James, Canadian musician
17th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Maria McKee, American singer
17th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
17th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player
17th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Maysa Leak, American jazz singer
17th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
17th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Ed McCaffrey, American football player
17th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Helen McCrory, English actress
17th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Donnie Wahlberg, American actor and singer (New Kids On The Block)
17th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Christian Laettner, American basketball player
17th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Kelvin Mercer, American rapper (De La Soul)
17th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Jim Courier, American tennis player
17th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY ?yvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer
17th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist
17th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
17th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Shaun Rehn, Australian Rules footballer
17th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player
17th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
17th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Ken Ryker, American pornographic actor
17th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
17th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Nicola Kraus, American novelist
17th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
17th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Scott Halberstadt, American actor
17th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Geertjan Lassche, Dutch reporter
17th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY William Gallas, French footballer
17th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Thierry Henry, French footballer
17th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer
17th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
17th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Matthew Oakley, English footballer
17th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Karena Lam, Hong Kong actress
17th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
17th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Antwaan Randle El, American football player
17th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Marcus Patric, British actor
17th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
17th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer
17th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
17th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Kristin Holt, American television personality
17th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Cheerleader Melissa, American professional wrestler
17th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Phil Jagielka, English footballer
17th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Mark Salling, American actor
17th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player
17th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Dee Brown, American basketball player
17th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Garrett Wolfe, American football player
17th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Yu Aoi, Japanese actress
17th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Rudy Gay, American basketball player
17th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player
17th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Bryton McClure, American actor & singer
17th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Matthew Shultz, American musician, Cage the Elephant
17th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Erika Toda, Japanese actress
17th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Nichole Cordova, Performer (Girlicious)
17th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Brady Corbet, American actor
17th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Frederick Lau, German actor
17th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Elena Hight, American snowboarder
17th of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress
17th of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Colin Bates, American actor
17th of August 1991 BIRTHDAY Montana Fishburne, American pornographic actress
17th of August 1991 BIRTHDAY Qory Sandioriva, Indonesian beauty queen, Puteri Indonesia 2009
17th of August 1996 BIRTHDAY Ella Cruz, Filipina actress
17th of August 1153 DEATH Eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (Born 1130)
17th of August 1304 DEATH Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (Born 1243)
17th of August 1510 DEATH Edmund Dudley, English statesman (Born 1462)
17th of August 1657 DEATH Robert Blake, British admiral (Born 1599)
17th of August 1673 DEATH Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist (Born 1641)
17th of August 1676 DEATH Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen, German novelist (Born 1621)
17th of August 1720 DEATH Anne Lefevre, French scholar (Born 1654)
17th of August 1723 DEATH Joseph Bingham, English scholar (Born 1668)
17th of August 1768 DEATH Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (Born 1703)
17th of August 1785 DEATH Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Connecticut (Born 1710)
17th of August 1786 DEATH King Frederick II of Prussia (Born 1712)
17th of August 1834 DEATH Husein Gradascevic, Bosnian rebel leader (Born 1802)
17th of August 1838 DEATH Lorenzo Da Ponte, Italian librettist (Born 1749)
17th of August 1850 DEATH Don Jose de San Martin, Argentine general (Born 1778)
17th of August 1861 DEATH Alcee Louis la Branche, American Politician (Born 1806)
17th of August 1870 DEATH Pedro Figueredo, Cuban poet, musician, and freedom fighter of the 19th century (Born 1818)
17th of August 1875 DEATH Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (Born 1827)
17th of August 1880 DEATH Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (Born 1810)
17th of August 1896 DEATH Bridget Driscoll, British automobile fatality
17th of August 1901 DEATH Edmond Audran, French composer (Born 1842)
17th of August 1903 DEATH Hans Gude, Norwegian landscape painter (Born 1825)
17th of August 1909 DEATH Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary (Born 1883)
17th of August 1918 DEATH Moisei Uritsky, Russian revolutionary (Born 1873)
17th of August 1920 DEATH Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Born 1891)
17th of August 1924 DEATH Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (Born 1851)
17th of August 1925 DEATH Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (Born 1848)
17th of August 1935 DEATH Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist and writer (Born 1860)
17th of August 1940 DEATH Billy Fiske, American aviator (Born 1911)
17th of August 1945 DEATH Reidar Haaland, Norwegian Nazi collaborator (Born 1919)
17th of August 1949 DEATH Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist and politician (Born 1891)
17th of August 1954 DEATH Billy Murray, American recording artist (Born 1877)
17th of August 1962 DEATH Peter Fechter, East German defector (Born 1944)
17th of August 1964 DEATH Happy Felsch, American baseball player best known for his involvement in the Black Sox Scandal
17th of August 1969 DEATH Otto Stern, German physicist, Nobel laureate (Born 1888)
17th of August 1970 DEATH Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (Born 1908)
17th of August 1971 DEATH Wilhelm List, German field marshal (Born 1880)
17th of August 1971 DEATH Maedayama Eigoro, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 39th Yokozuna (Born 1914)
17th of August 1973 DEATH Paul Williams, American singer (The Temptations) (Born 1939)
17th of August 1973 DEATH Jean Barraque, French composer (Born 1928)
17th of August 1973 DEATH Conrad Aiken, American author (Born 1889)
17th of August 1976 DEATH William Redfield, American actor (Born 1927)
17th of August 1979 DEATH John C. Allen, American roller coaster designer (Born 1907)
17th of August 1979 DEATH Vivian Vance, American actress (Born 1909)
17th of August 1983 DEATH Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (Born 1896)
17th of August 1987 DEATH Rudolf Hess, Nazi deputy (Born 1894)
17th of August 1987 DEATH Gary Chester, Italian studio drummer (Born 1924)
17th of August 1987 DEATH Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor (Born 1929)
17th of August 1988 DEATH Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Born 1914)
17th of August 1988 DEATH Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistani politician, Former Martial Law Administrator and President of Pakistan (Born 1924)
17th of August 1988 DEATH Victoria Shaw, Australian-born American actress (Born 1935)
17th of August 1990 DEATH Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (Born 1918)
17th of August 1992 DEATH Al Parker, American adult film actor (Born 1952)
17th of August 1993 DEATH Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (Born 1920)
17th of August 1994 DEATH Luigi Chinetti, Italian-American race car driver and team owner (Born 1901)
17th of August 1994 DEATH Jack Sharkey, American boxer (Born 1902)
17th of August 1995 DEATH Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer (Born 1933)
17th of August 1995 DEATH Howard Koch, American screenwriter (Born 1902)
17th of August 1998 DEATH Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (Born 1940)
17th of August 1998 DEATH Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (Born 1950)
17th of August 2004 DEATH Thea Astley, Australian writer (Born 1925)
17th of August 2004 DEATH Gerard Souzay, French baritone (Born 1918)
17th of August 2005 DEATH John Bahcall, American astrophysicist (Born 1934)
17th of August 2007 DEATH Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (Born 1913)
17th of August 2007 DEATH Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (Born 1982)
17th of August 2008 DEATH Franco Sensi, Italian businessman and football team owner (Born 1926)
17th of August 2010 DEATH Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and eighth President of the Italian Republic (Born 1928)

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