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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

1973Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)

1808Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

1986Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

1990Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

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

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

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

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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