Today in History, English
Today in History, English

93151August 17Event1668 – An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter magnitude scale causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.
93152August 17Event1717 – Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18: The month-long Siege of Belgrade ends with Prince Eugene of Savoy's Austrian troops capturing the city from the Ottoman Empire.
93153August 17Event1723 – Ioan Giurgiu Patachi becomes Bishop of Făgăraș and is festively installed in his position at the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Făgăraș, after being formally confirmed earlier by Pope Clement XI.
93154August 17Event1740 – Pope Benedict XIV, previously known as Prospero Lambertini succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope.
93155August 17Event1771 – Edinburgh botanist James Robertson makes the first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland
93156August 17Event1784 – Classical composer Luigi Boccherini receives a pay rise of 12000 reals from his employer, the Infante Luis, Count of Chinchón.
93157August 17Event1798 – The Vietnamese Roman Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Our Lady of La Vang.
93158August 17Event1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York, New York, for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
93159August 17Event1862 – American Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
93160August 17Event1862 – American Civil War: Major General J. E. B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
93161August 17Event1863 – American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
93162August 17Event1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville: Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
93163August 17Event1866 – The Grand Duchy of Baden announces her withdrawal from the German Confederation and signs a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.
93164August 17Event1883 – The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.
93165August 17Event1896 – Bridget Driscoll is run over by a Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London, the UK's first pedestrian motoring fatality.
93166August 17Event1907 – Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
93167August 17Event1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.
93168August 17Event1914 – World War I: Battle of Stallupönen: The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
93169August 17Event1915 – Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, United States.
93170August 17Event1915 – A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 miles per hour (217 km/h).
93171August 17Event1918 – Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
93172August 17Event1941 – World War II: Soviet Army left Nikolaev and Krivoi Rog.
93173August 17Event1942 – World War II: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).
93174August 17Event1943 – World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
93175August 17Event1943 – World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
93176August 17Event1943 – World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
93177August 17Event1943 – World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany's V-weapon program.
93178August 17Event1945 – Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
93179August 17Event1947 – The Radcliffe Line, the border between Dominion of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
93180August 17Event1950 – Hill 303 massacre: American POWs are shot to death by the North Korean Army.

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