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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

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

1986Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

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

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

1579Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

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

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.

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

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

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

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

1952Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ (US Open-1977)

1786Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)

1930Ted Hughes, Mytholmroyd Yorkshire, British Poet Laureate (1984-1998)

1943Robert De Niro, NYC, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)

1882Samuel Goldwyn, [Shmuel Gelbfisz], Warsaw Poland, Hollywood movie producer (MGM)

1893Mae West, New York, film and stage actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), (d. 1980)

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

1996Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (72) weds Grace Marufu (31) at Kutama College in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe

1950Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46)

1989Director Kathryn Bigelow (26) weds fellow director James Cameron (24)

1964Martial artist and actor Bruce Lee (23) weds teacher Linda Emery (19)

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

1962Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

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