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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

1579Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

1984Pete Rose returns to Cin Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)

1940FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission

1966Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

1989Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)

1980George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

196951st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

1930Ted Hughes, Mytholmroyd Yorkshire, British Poet Laureate (1984-1998)

1952Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ (US Open-1977)

1943Robert De Niro, NYC, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)

1786Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)

1893Mae West, New York, film and stage actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), (d. 1980)

1932V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

1964Martial artist and actor Bruce Lee (23) weds teacher Linda Emery (19)

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

1962Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

1950Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46)

1989Director Kathryn Bigelow (26) weds fellow director James Cameron (24)

1996Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (72) weds Grace Marufu (31) at Kutama College in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe

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