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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

1990Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

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

1579Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

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.

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

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

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

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

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

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

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

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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

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

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

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

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