August 17 Events in History - August 17 Birthdays - August 17 Deaths
2015 The U.S. Internal Revenue Service reveals that hackers who stole taxpayer data in May had accessed additional databases, adding 220,000 to the previous estimate of 114,000 taxpayers who have had their information compromised
2014 Residents of the West Point shantytown in Monrovia, Nigeria loot an Ebola quarantine center, stealing items that include contaminated bedsheets; patients flee during the raid, raising the risk of spreading the virus among the 50,000 slum inhabitants
2014 Kurdish peshmerga fighters are able to recapture part of the Mosul Dam after U.S. airstrikes push back Islamic State militants
2013 A wildfire near Yosemite National Park burns over 25 square miles, forcing residents of the Pine Lake community to evacuate
2013 The Indian rupee falls to 65.85 rupees to the U.S. dollar- setting a new record low
2012 Trogloraptor marchingtoni, an unusual spider discovered in 2010 is determined to be a new family of spiders previously unknown in the world of science; the new spider family has been named Trogloraptor, meaning 'cave robber'
2012 The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Jang Song-thank, meets Hu Jintao, the President of China
2011 In Kabul, a rocket is fired into the compound of Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
2011 The price of gold reaches a new record after Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez announces plans to nationalize his country's gold industry
2010 Afghan archeologists discover the remains of a Buddhist site located south of Kabul
2008 Michael Phelps wins 8 Gold Medals in 2008 Olympics
2000 The Democratic party nominates Al Gore to run for president
1999 Earthquake kills 17,000 in northwest Turkey
1998 President Bill Clinton testifies before a grand jury investigating his conduct (first president to do so), and admits an 'inappropriate relationship' with Monica Lewinsky
1997 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC
1997 First of America Senior Golf Classic
1997 Macy's Tap-o-mania
1997 Weetabix Women's British LPGA Open
1996 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
1995 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1994 Lesotho king Letsie II fires premier Ntsu Mokhehle
1994 New York Central park reservior officially named after Jackie Kennedy Onasis
1992 Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0
1991 Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league home run since 1983
1990 Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th home run
1990 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
1989 32nd Walker Cup: Britain - Ireland, 12 -11
1989 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)
1988 Butch Reynolds runs world record 400m (43.29)
1988 LIRR says Penn station will get air conditioning in 1991
1988 New York City 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
1988 Republicans nominate George H. W. Bush for president
1988 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
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)
1987 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
1986 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Seattle's Pike Place Market
1986 Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
1986 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
1986 Rioting at DMC concert, 40 injured
1986 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones and pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen and outfielder Dave Henderson
1985 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel and Co plant
1985 Dave Kingman hits his 400th home run
1985 Rajiv Gandhi announces Punjab state elections in India
1985 Sara Trollinger forms House of Hope in Orlando
1984 Pete Rose returns to Cincinnati Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)
1983 Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
1982 Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game completed 8/18)
1982 South Bend, Indiana jury acquits self-avowed racist Joseph Paul Franklin
1980 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 104 performances
1980 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1980 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401
1979 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
1979 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres
1978 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
1977 Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
1977 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1977 Thomas Wessinghage/Harald Hudak/Michael Lederer/Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
1976 An earthquake and tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
1976 Big win for WI at The Oval Michael Holding 14-149 for match
1975 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
1973 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
1973 Willie Mays hits 660th and last home run (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)
1972 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
1970 Venera 7 launched, makes 1st softlanding on Venus
1969 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR Golf Club Dayton, Ohio
1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open
1969 New York Jets beat New York Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)
1968 Dick Beyers (Dr. X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
1966 Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit
1966 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time home run list
1964 Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 vs. Australia at the Oval
1963 Jim Hickman becomes 1st New York Met to hit for cycle
1963 Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief
1962 Beatles replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr
1962 E German border guards shot and kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
1961 Building of Berlin Wall begins
1961 Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
1960 Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
1960 Gabon gains independence from France, National Day
1960 Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
1959 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
1959 U.S.S.R. and Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
1958 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
1958 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
1957 Richie Ashburn, fouls hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat 1st one breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher
1956 Bundesverfassungsgericht bans KPD in West Germany
1955 Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion damage
1952 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship
1951 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
1951 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
1950 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
1950 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) and Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park home runs
1948 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
1948 Phillies commit 8 errors in a game
1948 Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
1946 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique," premieres
1945 Indonesia (Dutch E Indies) declares independence from Netherlands
1945 Koreas divided on 38th parallel with U.S. occupying the southern area
1944 4th Canadian Armour division occupiers Trun Normandy
1944 Canadian 2nd division conquerors Falaise Normandy
1944 German Field Marshal Model replaces von Kluge in Normandy
1944 Russian troops arrive at Austria-Prussia border
1944 U.S. 12 Army corp occupies Orleans
1944 U.S. 320th regiment infantry occupies Chateaudun
1944 Yankees Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game
1943 498 British bombers attack Peenemunde
1943 General Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies
1943 U.S. 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17O at attack on Regensburg/Schweinfurt
1942 1st European bombing run undertaken by U.S. forces
1942 1st US/8th Air Force bombs Europe
1942 Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under Admiral George Murray on Hornet
1942 Transport nr 20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 U.S. bombers staged 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France
1941 German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William M. King agree to joint defense commission
1940 Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
1939 "Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY
1938 1st aircraft owned by Forest Service in service (Oakland)
1938 Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
1933 Lou Gehrig breaks record by playing in his 1,308th straight game
1933 Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game
1933 Soviet Union test GIRD-R1 rocket ("Object 09")
1926 Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed
1924 French-German trade agreement signed
1920 In memory of Ray Chapman (died Aug 16), Yankees cancel game with Indians
1918 British troops attack Baku Azerbaijan
1918 Samuel Riddle buys Man o'War for $5,000
1918 Turkish troops overthrow Caukasus
1917 Italy declares war on Germany and Turkey
1916 Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
1915 German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana
1915 Hurricane strikes Galveston, Texas (275 killed)
1915 Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Georgia after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
1914 French troops under General de Castelnau occupy Chateau Salins
1914 Lithuiana surrenders to Germans
1908 B Tarkington and HL Wilson's "Man from Home," premieres in New York City
1908 Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay and Montgomery
1907 Bishop forbids Christian membership in Dutch Textile Union
1905 Dutch government of De Master begins
1904 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
1903 Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U and begins Pulitzer Prizes
1897 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch
1896 George Washington Carmack discoveres gold in Klondike region of Yukon
1894 Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4
1892 Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Duple Alliance
1891 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in New York City (People's Bath)
1891 Electric self-starter for automobile patented
1879 Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company
1877 Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos
1877 Phobos (Martian satellite) discovered (A Hall)
1876 Opera "Gotterdammerung" premieres in Bayreuth
1870 1st ascent of Mount Rainier, Washington
1869 1st international boat race (Thames River, Oxford beats Harvard)
1866 Bathe and Prussia signs peace treaty
1863 Federal batteries and ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC
1863 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee
1862 Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
1859 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette Ind
1858 1st bank in Hawaii opens
1846 U.S. fleet officer Robert F Stockton annexes California
1836 British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death
1836 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time
1835 Solymon Merrick patents wrench
1834 Charles Darwin reaches top of Campana, Chile
1827 Dutch King Willem I/Pope Leo XII sign concord
1808 Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
1807 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
1796 English beat Bataafs Navy in Saldanha Bay
1788 Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded
1787 Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
1743 Sweden and Russia sign peace treaty
1717 France, Russia and Prussia sign agreement
1648 Battle at Preston, Lancashire: Henry Ireton beats Scottish
1585 Antwerp surrenders after 8 months siege by duke of Parma
1579 Francois van Anjou visits English queen Elizabeth I
1577 Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots
1563 King Charles IX of France (13) declared an adult
1544 Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France
1498 Cardinal Borgia renounced his vows and office to marry a French princess
1180 Yoritomo Minamoto leads uprising against emperor Kiyomori Taira
682 St. Leo II begins his reign as Catholic Pope