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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

1834Charles Darwin reaches top of Campana Chile during his Voyage on the Beagle

1807Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

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

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

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

1946George Orwell publishes "Animal Farm" in the United Kingdom

1986Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

1943Gen Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies

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

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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

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

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

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

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