On This Day

Historical Events on August 17 (Part 2)

  • 2016 German pair Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk & Bárbara Seixas 21–18, 21–14 to win the Olympic women's beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2017 Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain as van rams into crowds killing 16, injuring 120
  • 2017 Three Hong Kong activists, Jason Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow jailed for unlawful assembly
  • 2017 Anti-immigrant One Nation party leader Pauline Hansen is widely criticized for wearing a burqa into the Australian parliament
  • 2017 Collision of two neutron stars witnessed for the first time first picked up by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • 2017 On This Day helps launch Borneo Dictionary, an online not for profit dictionary of indigenous Borneo languages with translations in English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • 2019 Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 63, with over 200 injured. The Islamic State claims responsibility
  • 2019 Landmark power-sharing deal signed by military and civilian leaders celebrated in Khartoum, Sudan, with transitional government to take over Sept 1
  • 2019 Huge wildfires begin on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands prompting evacuation of 9,000 people
  • 2020 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 1st US college to send students home and convert to online classes after 135 COVID-19 cases detected
  • 2021 One in five US hospital I.C.U.s at or over 95% capacity due to Delta surge of COVID-19, with 1,800 children hospitalized [1]