On This Day..... August 17

AUGUST 17TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL I LOVE MY FEET DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP DAY
  • TODAY IS MASSACHUSETTS APPRECIATION DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • DAVY CROCKETT (1786-1836)
  • SAMUEL GOLDWYN (1882-1974)
  • MAE WEST (1893-1980)
  • MARK FELT (1913-2008)
  • MAUREEN O’HARA (1920-2015)
  • APOLLO CREED (1942-1985)
  • ROBERT DE NIRO (1943, 75)
  • BELINDA CARLISLE (1958, 60)
  • DAVID KORESH (1959-1993)
  • SEAN PENN (1960, 58)
  • DONNIE WAHLBERG (1969, 49)
  • DUSTIN PEDROIA (1983, 35)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1590, GOVERNOR JOHN WHITE RETURNS TO ROANOKE FROM ENGLAND TO FIND HIS ENTIRE COLONY HAS DISAPPEARED WITH NO TRACE
  • IN 1786, PRUSSIAN KING FREDERICK THE GREAT DIES AT 74
  • IN 1807, ROBERT FULTON TAKES HIS STEAMBOAT, THE CLERMONT, UP THE HUDSON RIVER FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1863, UNION SHIPS ATTACK FORT SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA
  • IN 1891, NEW YORK CITY OPENS THE FIRST U.S. PUBLIC BATH HOUSE
  • IN 1903, JOSEPH PULITZER DONATES $1 MILLION TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND BEGINS THE PULITZER PRIZE
  • IN 1920, RAY CHAPMAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY A PITCH IN A BASEBALL GAME THE DAY BEFORE
  • IN 1933, LOU GEHRIG PLAYS HIS 1,308TH CONSECUTIVE GAME, SETTING A RECORD
  • IN 1936, NEILS RUUD RECEIVES THE FIRST EVER UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK FROM THE STATE OF WISCONSIN FOR $15
  • IN 1940, 29 YEAR OLD BILLY FISKE IS THE FIRST AMERICAN TO DIE IN WORLD WAR II
  • IN 1940, ADOLF HITLER ORDERS THE GERMAN NAVY TO BLOCKADE GREAT BRITAIN
  • IN 1945, KOREA IS DIVIDED INTO NORTH AND SOUTH ALONG THE 38TH PARALLEL
  • IN 1946, GEORGE ORWELL PUBLISHES “ANIMAL FARM”
  • IN 1947, THE RADCLIFFE LINE IS ESTABLISHED AS THE BORDER BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN
  • IN 1950, 57 YEAR OLD DOROTHY PARKER MARRIES SCREENWRITER ALAN CAMPBELL
  • IN 1953, THE FIRST MEETING OF NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS IS HELD IN CALIFORNIA
  • IN 1955, HURRICANE DIANE HITS CONNECTICUT AND KILLS 190 PEOPLE. COMING RIGHT AFTER HURRICANE CONNIE, THE COMBINED DAMAGE IS $1.8 BILLION
  • IN 1955, ELVIS PRESLEY RELEASES “I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET” AND “MYSTERY TRAIN”
  • IN 1956, WEST GERMANY BANS COMMUNISM
  • IN 1962, 18 YEAR OLD PETER FECHTER IS SHOT AND KILLED TRYING TO CLIMB OVER THE BERLIN WALL FROM EAST GERMANY TO WEST
  • IN 1962, JACK LEMMON MARRIES MODEL FELICIA FARR
  • IN 1964, THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL MANDATES THAT ALL MEN ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A BATHING CAP IN PUBLIC POOLS DUE TO “ALL THE BEATLES HAIR CUTS” CLOGGING UP PUBLIC DRAINS
  • IN 1964, 23 YEAR OLD BRUCE LEE MARRIES 19 YEAR OLD TEACHER LINDA EMERY
  • IN 1968, THE DOORS BEGIN A FOUR WEEK RUN ATOP THE ALBUM CHART WITH “WAITING FOR THE SUN”
  • IN 1968, THE RASCALS HAVE THE #1 SINGLE WITH “PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE”
  • IN 1969, THE WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL WRAPS UP WITH ITS THIRD AND FINAL DAY
  • IN 1969, HURRICANE CAMILLE HITS ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA KILLING 259
  • IN 1973, TEMPTATIONS SINGER PAUL WILLIAMS IS FOUND DEAD IN HIS CAR AFTER COMMITTING SUICIDE. HE WAS $80,000 IN DEBT.
  • IN 1974, ERIC CLAPTON HAS THE #1 ALBUM WITH “461 OCEAN BOULEVARD”
  • IN 1976, A TSUNAMI HITS THE PHILLIPINES AND KILLS 8,000 PEOPLE
  • IN 1978, THREE AMERICANS LAND A HOT AIR BALLOON IN FRANCE SIX DAYS AFTER LEAVING MAINE IN THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC BALLOON RIDE
  • IN 1979, MONTY PYTHON RELEASES “THE LIFE OF BRIAN”
  • IN 1979, VIVIAN VANCE DIES AT 70
  • IN 1980, 2 MONTH OLD AZARIA CHAMBERLAIN DISAPPEARS IN AUSTRALIA. THE HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TRIAL LEADS TO THE FAMOUS LINE “MAYBE THE DINGO ATE YOUR BABY”
  • IN 1981, A TYRANNOSAURUS REX SKELETON BELIEVED TO BE 65 MILLION YEARS OLD IS FOUND IN SOUTH DAKOTA
  • IN 1987, NAZI WAR CRIMINAL RUDOLF HESS COMMITS SUICIDE AT 93
  • IN 1988, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOMINATES GEORGE H.W. BUSH FOR PRESIDENT
  • IN 1988, THE FDA APPROVES ROGAINE TO REGROW HAIR
  • IN 1989, JAMES CAMERON MARRIES KATHRYN BIGELOW
  • IN 1990, PEARL BAILEY DIES AT 72
  • IN 1996, 72 YEAR OLD ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE MARRIES 31 YEAR OLD GRACE MARUFU
  • IN 1998, PRESIDENT CLINTON ADMITS UNDER OATH TO HAVING AN “IMPROPER PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP” WITH MONICA LEWINSKY AND GOES ON TV TO ADMIT HE “MISLED PEOPLE” ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER
  • IN 2008, MICHAEL PHELPS BREAKS A RECORD BY WINNING HIS 8TH GOLD MEDAL AT THE BEIJING OLYMPICS
  • IN 2012, RUSSIAN BAND PUSSY RIOT IS JAILED FOR TWO YEARS AND GAY PRIDE EVENTS ARE OFFICIALLY BANNED IN RUSSIA FOR THE NEXT CENTURY
  • IN 2017, A TERROR ATTACK IN BARCELONA WHERE A VAN RAMMED INTO A CROWD OF PEOPLE KILLED 16 AND INJURED 120

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