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Notable Historical Events on August 17th

1973Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)

1834Charles Darwin reaches top of Campana Chile during his Voyage on the Beagle

1808Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

1980George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

1986Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

1984Pete Rose returns to Cin Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)

1579Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

1807Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

1966Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

1998Monica 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 his relationship.

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

1989Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)

1990Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

1946George Orwell publishes "Animal Farm" in the United Kingdom

196951st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio

1940FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission

1943Gen Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time

August 17th Historical Events
Date Event
682
St Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
1180
Yoritomo Minamoto leads uprising against Kiyomori Taira who installed his grandson, Emperor Antoku, to the throne 
1544
Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France 
1563
King Charles IX of France (13) declared an adult 
1577
Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots 
1579
Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I 
1585
Antwerp surrenders after 8 months siege by duke of Parma 
1590
John White returns to Roanoke, NC to find no trace of colonists he had left there 3 years earlier [or Aug 18, 1591] 
1648
-20] Battle at Preston, Lancashire: Henry Ireton beats Scottish 
1717
France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement 
1743
Sweden & Russia sign peace treaty 
1787
Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups 
1788
Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded 
1795
Slave revolt at Knip plantation, Curacao 
1796
British beat Batavian navy in Saldanha Bay South Africa 
1807
Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River 
1808
Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain 
1819
The Church Missionary Society establishes New Zealand's second mission station at Kerikeri 
1827
Dutch King Willem I/Pope Leo XII sign concord 
1834
Charles Darwin reaches top of Campana Chile during his Voyage on the Beagle 
1835
Solymon Merrick patents wrench 
1836
British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death 
1836
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time 
1846
US fleet officer Robert F Stockton annexes California 
1858
1st bank in Hawaii opens 
1859
1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette, Indiana 
1862
Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky 
1863
Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC 
1863
Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee 
1866
Bathe & Prussia signs peace treaty 
1869
1st international boat race (River Thames, Oxford beats Harvard) 
1870
1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington 
1870
Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st US woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming) 
1876
Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth 
1877
Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos 
1879
Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company 
1883
The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional. 
1891
1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People's Bath) 
1891
Electric self-starter for automobile patented 
1892
Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Double Alliance 
1894
Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4 
1897
W B Purvis patents electric railway switch 
1901
The Royal Titles Act adds the words 'and the British Dominions beyond the Seas' to the monarch's style 
1903
Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University & begins Pulitzer Prizes 
1904
Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0 
1904
George H Reid succeeds John Watson as Prime Minister of Australia 
1905
Dutch government of De Master begins 
1907
Bishop forbids Christian membership in Dutch Textile Union 
1908
B Tarkington & HL Wilson's "Man from Home" premieres in NYC 
1908
Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery 
1908
Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl. 
1914
French troops under gen de Castelnau occupy Chateau Salins 
1914
Lithuiana surrenders to Germans 
1915
German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana 
1915
Hurricane strikes Galveston, TX (275 killed) 
1915
Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life 
1916
Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia 
1917
Italy declares war on Turkey 
1918
British troops attack Baku, Azerbaijan 
1918
Samuel Riddle buys Man o'War for $5,000 
1918
Turkish troops overthrow Caukasus 
1918
Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated. 
1920
In memory of Ray Chapman (died Aug 16), Yanks cancel game with Indians 
1924
French-German trade agreement signed 
1926
Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed 
1933
Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game 
1933
Soviet Union test GIRD-R1 rocket ("Object 09") 
1938
1st aircraft owned by US Forest Service in service (Oakland) 
1938
Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship 
1939
"Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY 
1940
FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission 
1940
Greece mobilizes 
1940
Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain 
1941
German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan 
1942
Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under Admiral George Murray on USS Hornet 
1942
Transport nr 20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
1942
US bombers 8th Air Force stage 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France 
1943
498 British bombers attack Peenemunde 
1943
Gen Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies 
1943
US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17O at attack on Regensburg/Schweinfurt 
1944
4th Canadian Armoured division occupiers Trun, Normandy 
1944
Canadian 2nd division conquerors Falaise, Normandy 
1944
German field marshal Model replaces von Kluge in Normandy 
1944
Russian troops arrive at Austria-Prussia border 
1944
US 12 Army Corps occupies Orleans 
1944
US 320th regiment infantry occupies Châteaudun 
1944
Yanks Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game 
1945
Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) declares independence from The Netherlands 
1945
Koreas divided on 38th parallel with US occupying the southern area 
1946
Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique" premieres 
1946
George Orwell publishes "Animal Farm" in the United Kingdom 
1947
The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed. 
1948
Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent 
1948
Phillies commit 8 errors in a game 
1948
Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season 
1950
Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands 
1950
Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs 
1951
18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180) 
1951
Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica 
1952
"Fallout" 1st used (NY Times) 
1952
Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship 
1953
Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California. 
1955
Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage 
1956
Federal Constitutional Court bans the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in West Germany 
1956
One of the largest demonstrations in South Africa's history, 20,000 women marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings to present petition against carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister 
1957
Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher 
1958
Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open 
1958
World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec 
1959
7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park 
1959
USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor 
1960
Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow 
1960
Gabon gains independence from France (National Day) 
1960
Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands 
1961
Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress 
1962
E German border guards shot & kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector 
1963
Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle 
1963
Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief 
1964
Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 v Aust at the Oval 
1966
Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit 
1966
Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list 
1968
Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ 
1969
Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana) 
1969
51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio 
1969
Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open 
1969
NY Jets beat NY Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season) 
1970
Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched 
1972
Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game 
1973
Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one 
1973
Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati) 
1975
Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic 
1976
An earthquake & tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000 
1976
Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match 
1977
Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole 
1977
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1977
Thomas Wessinghage/Harald Hudak/Michael Lederer/Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8) 
1978
1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans) 
1979
2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed 
1979
Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres 
1980
"Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances 
1980
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic 
1980
George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401 
1980
Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history 
1982
LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game completed 8/18) 
1982
South Bend, Ind jury acquits self-avowed racist Joseph Paul Franklin 
1982
The first Compact Discs (CDs) were released to the public in Germany. 
1983
-19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas 
1984
Pete Rose returns to Cin Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits) 
1985
1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel & Co plant 
1985
Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India 
1985
Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando 
1986
Bronze pig statue unveiled at Seattle's Pike Place Market 
1986
Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am 
1986
Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship 
1986
Rioting at DMC concert, 40 injured 
1986
Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson 
1987
Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games 
1987
Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57) 
1987
Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame 
1988
Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29) 
1988
LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991 
1988
NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy) 
1988
US Republicans nominate George W H Bush for President 
1988
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1988
Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash. 
1989
32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½ 
1989
Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game) 
1990
"Exorcist 3" premieres 
1990
Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th HR 
1990
Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment 
1991
Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league HR since 1983 
1992
Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0 
1994
Lesotho King Letsie II dismisses premier Ntsu Mokhehle 
1994
NY Central park reservior officially named after Jackie Kennedy Onasis 
1995
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1996
Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit 
1997
79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC 
1997
First of America Senior Golf Classic 
1997
Macy's Tap-o-mania 
1997
Weetabix Women's British LPGA Open 
1998
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 his relationship. 
1999
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000. 
2003
85th PGA Championship: Shaun Micheel shoots a 276 at Oak Hill Country Club 
2004
MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers. 
2004
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. 
2005
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts. 
2012
Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are jailed for two years 
2012
Gay pride events are banned for a century in Moscow 
2013
15 civilians are killed by a Syrian warplane attack in Aleppo 
2013
18 people are killed in conflict between Boko Harem and Nigerian military 
2016
Ford Promises Fleets of Driverless Cars Within Five Years 
2016
Airstrike in Yemen Kills 17 Civilians, Witnesses Say 
2016
Turkey dismisses more than 2000 police officers over coup bid 
2016
Gymnastics: China misses gold for first time in more than 30 years 
2016
Biles wins floor exercise for record-tying 4th Olympic gold 
2016
Gawker Media sold to Univision in bankruptcy auction 
2016
Son of drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman kidnapped in Mexico 
2016
Ford's self-driving car 'coming in 2021' 
2016
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settle divorce 
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