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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

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

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

1990Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

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

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

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

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

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

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

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

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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

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