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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

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

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

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

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

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

1579Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

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

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

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

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

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

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)

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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

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

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

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

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

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