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August 17th, 2005 (August 17 2005)EventThe first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
August 17th, 2004 (August 17 2004)EventMD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
August 17th, 2004 (August 17 2004)EventThe 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.
August 17th, 1999 (August 17 1999)EventA 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Izmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
August 17th, 1998 (August 17 1998)EventMonica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.Bill Clinton Quotes
August 17th, 1988 (August 17 1988)EventPakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
August 17th, 1982 (August 17 1982)EventThe first Compact Discs (CD s) were released to the public in Germany.
August 17th, 1980 (August 17 1980)EventAzaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
August 17th, 1979 (August 17 1979)EventTwo Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156
August 17th, 1978 (August 17 1978)EventDouble Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
August 17th, 1970 (August 17 1970)EventVenera Program: Venera 7 launchedied in It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
August 17th, 1969 (August 17 1969)EventCategory 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.
August 17th, 1962 (August 17 1962)EventEast German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.
August 17th, 1960 (August 17 1960)EventDecolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
August 17th, 1959 (August 17 1959)EventQuake Lake: Quake Lake was formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
August 17th, 1953 (August 17 1953)EventAddiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
August 17th, 1947 (August 17 1947)EventThe Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
August 17th, 1945 (August 17 1945)EventIndonesian Declaration of Independence.
August 17th, 1945 (August 17 1945)EventAnimal Farm by George Orwell is first published by Fredric WarburgGeorge Orwell Quotes
August 17th, 1943 (August 17 1943)EventWorld War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission.
August 17th, 1943 (August 17 1943)EventWorld War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrive in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.George S. Patton Quotes
August 17th, 1943 (August 17 1943)EventWorld War II: First Quebec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.Winston Churchill Quotes
August 17th, 1942 (August 17 1942)EventU.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).
August 17th, 1918 (August 17 1918)EventBolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
August 17th, 1915 (August 17 1915)EventJewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia.
August 17th, 1914 (August 17 1914)EventWorld War I: Battle of StalluponenThe German army of General Hermann von Francois defeats the Russian force commanded by Pavel Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
August 17th, 1908 (August 17 1908)EventProjection in Paris of the very first cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Emile Cohl.
August 17th, 1907 (August 17 1907)EventPike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opened in Seattle.
August 17th, 1883 (August 17 1883)EventThe first public performance of the Dominican Republic s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
August 17th, 1864 (August 17 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of GainesvilleConfederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
August 17th, 1863 (August 17 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.Charles Fort Quotes
August 17th, 1862 (August 17 1862)EventIndian Wars: The Lakota (Sioux) Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
August 17th, 1862 (August 17 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: Major General JEB Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
August 17th, 1807 (August 17 1807)EventRobert Fulton s first American steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

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