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

Events in History

Events 101 - 149 of 149

  • 1969 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • 1970 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
  • 1973 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
  • 1976 An earthquake & tsunami in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
  • 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
  • 1985 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
  • 1985 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
  • 1986 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • 1986 Rioting at DMC concert, 40 injured
  • 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.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • 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.
  • 2004 The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
  • 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

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