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Today In History

Here are some interesting facts ih history happened on 17 August.

  1. Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington Vt

  2. British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden S.C

  3. Detroit fell to British & Indian forces in the War of 1812.

  4. Manchester Massacre; English police charge unemployed demonstrators

  5. Siamese twins Chang & Eng Bunker arrived in Boston to be exhibited

  6. Pres Lincoln prohibit Union states from trading with Confederacy

  7. Emancipation Proclamation signed

  8. Gold found at Bonanza Creek Ala

  9. Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio Yanks win 12-8

  10. Norman Lockyer editor of NATURE discoverer of helium in sun dies

  11. Yanks Carl Mays' pitch hits Indian Ray Chapman in the head. Chapman dies the next day the only major league fatality

  12. Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in NY at the age of 53

  13. Adlai E. Stevenson nominated as Democratic presidential candidate

  14. Britain grants independence to the crown colony of Cyprus

  15. Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon at 31 330 m (record)

  16. AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise to Miami Dolphins

  17. Woodstock festival begins in NY

  18. Venera 7 launched by USSR for soft landing on Venus

  19. Elvis Presley dies of heart ailment at Graceland at age 42

  20. Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th

  21. LA federal jury acquits automaker John Z. De Lorean

  22. Astrological Harmonic Convergence - Dawn of New Age

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These famous people were born on 17 August.

  1. 1868 - Bernard MacFadden, publisher (Physical Culture, True Romances)

  2. 1884 - Hugo Gernsback, science fiction writer

  3. 1892 - Harold Foster, cartoonist, created "Prince Valiant"

  4. 1894 - George Meany, labor leader, NYC

  5. 1904 - Wendell Stanley, biochemist, 1st to crystallize a virus (Nobel '46)

  6. 1906 - Franz Josef II, prince of Liechtenstein (1938-, )

  7. 1913 - Menachem Begin, Israeli PM (1977-83) (Nobel 1978)

  8. 1925 - Fess Parker, Actor (Davy Crockett)

  9. 1928 - Ann Blyth, Actress in Mt Kisko NY

  10. 1930 - Ted Hughes, English poet laureate (1984-, )

  11. 1930 - Frank Gifford, NFL halfback (NY Giants), sportscaster

  12. 1930 - Robert Culp, Actor (I Spy)

  13. 1931 - Betsy Von Furstenberg, in Germany

  14. 1932 - Eydie Gorme, in Bronx NY

  15. 1933 - Stuart (Smoky) Roosa, US astronaut (Apollo 14)

  16. 1935 - Julie Newmar

  17. 1936 - Anita Gillette, in Baltimore Md

  18. 1939 - Carole Shelley, in London

  19. 1939 - Valeri V. Ryumin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 32)

  20. 1946 - Leslie Ann Warren, NYC

  21. 1958 - Madonna (Ciccone), in Bay City Michigan

  22. 1960 - Timothy Hutton, Actor

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