Today in History, English
Today in History, English

93181August 17Event1953 – Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
93182August 17Event1958 – Pioneer 0, America's first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.
93183August 17Event1959 – Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
93184August 17Event1959 – Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.
93185August 17Event1960 – Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
93186August 17Event1962 – East German border guards kill Peter Fechter, 18, as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.
93187August 17Event1969 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.
93188August 17Event1970 – Venera program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
93189August 17Event1977 – The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
93190August 17Event1978 – Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
93191August 17Event1980 – Azaria Chamberlain disappears, at Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicized trial in Australian history.
93192August 17Event1982 – The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
93193August 17Event1988 – President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
93194August 17Event1991 – Strathfield massacre: In Sydney, Australia, taxi driver Wade Frankum shoots seven people and injures six others before turning the gun on himself.
93195August 17Event1998 – Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationshi
93196August 17Event1999 – A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
93197August 17Event2002 – The Act of Entrusting the World to the Divine Mercy and consecration of the sanctuary in Kraków-Łagiewniki by John Paul II.
93198August 17Event2004 – The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Bože pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
93199August 17Event2005 – The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
93200August 17Event2005 – Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
93201August 17Event2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
93202August 17Event2009 – An accident at the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.
93203August 17Event2015 – A bomb explodes near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killing at least 19 people and injuring 123 others.
93204August 17Birth1473 – Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (d. 1483)
93205August 17Birth1556 – Alexander Briant, English martyr and saint (d. 1581)
93206August 17Birth1601 – Pierre de Fermat, French lawyer and mathematician (d. 1665)
93207August 17Birth1629 – John III Sobieski, Polish–Lithuanian king (d. 1696)
93208August 17Birth1686 – Nicola Porpora, Italian composer and educator (d. 1768)
93209August 17Birth1753 – Josef Dobrovský, Bohemian philologist and historian (d. 1828)
93210August 17Birth1768 – Louis Desaix, French general (d. 1800)

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