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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

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

1986Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

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

1808Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

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

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

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.

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

1990Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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

1932V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

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

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

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

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

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

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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