August 17 – On This Day In History

17 August

What happened today in history?

  • 1668 – 8000 are killed by an earthquake in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.
  • 1771 – The first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis is completed by James Robertson, a Scottish botanist.
  • 1982 – First compact discs (CDs) are released to the public.
  • 2008 – Michael Phelps becomes the first winner of 8 gold medals in one Olympic Games.

Who was born today?

  • 1786 – Davy Crockett –  American soldier and folk hero.
  • 1893 – Mae West – American actress.
  • 1930 – Ted Hughes – English poet and author.
  • 1943 – Robert De Niro – American actor (Taxi DriverThe Godfather Part IIGoodfellas).
  • 1960 – Sean Penn – American actor and director.
  • 1970 – Jim Courier – American tennis player.
  • 1977 – Thierry Henry – French footballer.

 

Who died today?

  • 1983 – Ira Gershwin –  American songwriter.
  • 2007 – Bill Deedes – Engllish journalist.

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