On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1929

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestFrancis Gary Powers

Francis Gary Powers, American spy captured by the USSR after his U-2 spy was shot plane in 1959, born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 1977)

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers

Famous Deaths

  • Horace Alderman, American smuggler who murdered two coast guards and a secret service agent, hanged at 38
1929 Highlights

About August 17, 1929

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 91 years, 5 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo