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Notable Historical Events for August 17th

1986Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

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

1933Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

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

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

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

1579Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

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

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.

1808Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

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Notable Birthdays on August 17th

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

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)

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 17th

1997Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

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

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

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