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1998Monica 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.

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

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

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

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

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

1808Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

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

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

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

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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

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

1882Samuel Goldwyn, [Shmuel Gelbfisz], Warsaw Poland, Hollywood movie producer (MGM)

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

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

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

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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

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

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

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