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August 17

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
1999  A magnitude 7.4 earthquake devastates Turkey, killing over 17,000 people and injuring tens of thousands.
 
1998US president Bill Clinton admits in a televised address to having had inappropriate relations with ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
 
1991Singer-actress Pearl Bailey dies in Philadelphia at age 72.
 
1978Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman land near Paris, completing the world's first crossing of the Atlantic by hot air balloon.
 
1969The Woodstock music festival ends in New York.
 
1960The west African country of Gabon gains its independence from France.
 
1945Indonesia proclaims its independence from Holland.
 
1914The Belgian capital changes from Brussels to Antwerp.
 
1896Gold is discovered in Alaska, setting off the Klondike gold rush.
 

1859
Niagara Falls
 Circus acrobat Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
 (photo credit: Hemera)


 

1850Jose de San Martin, liberator of Chile, dies.
 
1790The capital of the US is moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
 

Born today:

1970  Jim Courier - tennis player

1969  Donnie Wahlberg - singer (New Kids on the Block), brother of actor Mark Wahlberg

1966  Jill Cunniff - bassist, singer (Luscious Jackson)

1965  Steve Gorman - drummer (The Black Crowes)

1960  Sean Penn - actor

1958  Belinda Carlisle - guitarist, singer (The Go-Go's)

1955  Colin Moulding - bassist (XTC)

1954  Eric Johnson - blues-rock guitarist

1952  Nelson Piquet - auto racer

1951  Robert Joy - actor

1947  Gary Talley - guitarist (The Box Tops)

1943  Robert DeNiro - actor (Oscar® winner: 1974, 1980)

1941  Boog Powell - baseball player

1929  Gary Powers - U-2 spyplane pilot

1923  Larry Rivers - artist

1921  Maureen O'Hara - actress

1909  Larry Clinton - bandleader

1900  Quincy Howe - radio news journalist, author

1893  Mae West - actress

1882  Samuel Goldwyn - movie producer, MGM studios co-founder

1786  Davy Crockett - frontiersman, died defending the Alamo

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Leo (The Lion)   Leo    

(The Lion)

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