Today in History

    What happened on the 17th of August in history?

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    • 1807
      Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
    • 1846
      US takes LA
    • 1858
      1st bank in Hawaii opens
    • 1863
      Federal batteries & ships bombarded Ft Sumter in Charleston
    • 1877
      Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos
    • 1896
      Gold discovered at Bonanza Creek in Klondike region of the Yukon
    • 1908
      Bank of Italy opens it's new HQ at Clay & Montgomery
    • 1915
      Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County Ga. after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
    • 1939
      The Wizard of Oz opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY
    • 1940
      FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
    • 1942
      US bombers staged 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen France
    • 1943
      Allied forces gained completed control of Sicily
    • 1944
      Yanks Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 doubles in a game
    • 1945
      Indonesia declares independence from the Netherlands (National Day)
    • 1948
      Alger Hiss denied ever being a Communist agent
    • 1950
      Indonesia gains it's independence
    • 1960
      Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
    • 1960
      Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
    • 1961
      Alliance for Progress established
    • 1962
      E German border guards shot & mortally wounded Peter Fechter 18 who attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector
    • 1969
      Hurricane Camille claimed more than 250 lives
    • 1970
      USSR launches Venera 7 to Venus
    • 1978
      1st manned balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (Eagle II)
    • 1987
      Nazi Rudolph Hess dies at 93 after 46 years in Spandau Prison