On This Day

On This Day in History for August 17 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
  • 1977 Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
  • 1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1977 Thomas Wessinghage, Harald Hudak, Michael Lederer and Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
  • 1978 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • 1979 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
  • 1980 Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
  • 1982 South Bend, Ind jury acquits self-avowed racist Joseph Paul Franklin
  • 1982 First Compact Discs (CDs) released to the public in Germany
  • 1983 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • 1985 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel & Co plant

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1985 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • 1985 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
  • 1986 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • 1987 Bunt single gives Paul Molitor longest hit streak of 1980s at 32 games
  • 1987 Dow Jones Industrial Avg closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)

  • 1988 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
  • 1988 LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
  • 1988 NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
  • 1988 US Republicans nominate George H. W. Bush for President
  • 1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1988 Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • 1991 ArenaBowl V, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Tampa Bay Storm beats Detroit Drive 48-42, Stevie Thomas MVP
  • 1992 Hurricane Andrew forms south-east of Barbados in the Caribbean
  • 1994 King Letsie II of Lesotho dismisses premier Ntsu Mokhehle
  • 1994 NY Central park reservoir officially named after Jackie Kennedy Onasis
  • 1995 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1996 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit

'I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman''I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman'

1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony he had an "improper physical relationship" with the intern and on the same day admits before the nation he "misled people" about the relationship

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Touching birthday greetings from Bill to Monica
Touching birthday greetings from Bill to Monica
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  • 1999 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
  • 2004 MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
  • 2005 The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • 2012 Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are jailed for two years
  • 2012 Gay pride events are banned for a century in Moscow
  • 2013 15 civilians are killed by a Syrian warplane attack in Aleppo
  • 2013 18 people are killed in conflict between Boko Harem and Nigerian military
  • 2015 Bomb blast in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine kills at least 19, injures over 100
  • 2015 World's first flower could be underwater plant Montsechia Vidalii claim US botanists (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
  • 2015 Discovery of 7,000 year old mass grave in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict
  • 2016 Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes
  • 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

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Deaths in History