17 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, 1473
  • Davy Crockett, 1786
  • Marcus Garvey, 1887
  • Monty Woolley, 1888
  • Mae West, 1893
  • John Hay 'Jock' Whitney, 1904
  • Mikhail Botvinnik, 1911
  • Maureen O'Hara, 1921
  • Larry Rivers, 1923
  • George Melly, 1926
  • Francis Gary Powers, 1929
  • Robert De Niro, 1943
  • Julian Fellowes, 1949
  • Belinda Carlisle, 1958
  • Sean Penn, 1960
  • Thierry Henry, 1977

Died On This Day:

  • Frederick II (the Great) King Prussia, 1786
  • Fernand Leger, 1955
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1969
  • Conrad Aiken, 1973
  • Vivian Vance, 1979
  • Ira Gershwin, 1983
  • Rudolf Hess suicide, 1987
  • Pearl Bailey, 1990
  • Jack Sharkey, 1994

Today's Events:

  • 1812 - French victory over Russians at Battle of Smolensk.
  • 1835 - Solyman Merrick of Springfield, Mass. patents his wrench.
  • 1896 - First UK pedestrian killed by a car (travelling 4mph) at Crystal Palace, London.
  • 1896 - Gold discovered in Rabbit Creek (renamed Bonanza), Yukon Territory, sparking gold rush.
  • 1915 - Patent received by Charles F. Kettering on the first self-starter for automobiles; cranks are out.
  • 1919 - Swimmer Gertrude Ederle, 12, becomes the youngest world-record breaker in history of sport.
  • 1943 - Allied forces capture entire island of Sicily capturing 130,000 Germans and Italians. WWII.
  • 1969 - Hurricane Camille kills 256 in Caribbean, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
  • 1978 - Hot-air balloon, the Double Eagle II, finishes first transatlantic crossing of Atlantic landing in France.
  • 1998 - William Jefferson Clinton becomes first US president to testify in front of Grand Jury (on sex case).
  • 1999 - 7.5 earthquake in Turkey kills 12,000 with 30,000 missing and 250,000 homeless; epicenter Izmit.
  • 2008 - US swimmer Michael Phelps wins 8th gold medal in the 2008 Olympics beating all time record for gold medals and Mark Spitz's 36 year-old swimming record.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Mamas
  • Hyacinth of Cracow

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Indonesia (1950)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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