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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

1980Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

1986Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

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

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

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

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

1990Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

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.

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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

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

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)

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

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

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

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

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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

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

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