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  • What happened on August 17
  • August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on August 17
  • 309/310 – Pope Eusebius is banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicily, where he dies, perhaps from a hunger strike.
  • 986 – Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: Battle of the Gates of Trajan: The Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron defeat theByzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan, with Byzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
  • 1186 – Georgenberg Pact: Ottokar IV, Duke of Styria and Leopold V, Duke of Austria sign a heritage agreement in which Ottokar gives his duchy to Leopold and to his son Frederick under the stipulation that Austria and Styria would henceforth remain undivided.
  • 1386 – Karl Topia, the ruler of Princedom of Albania forges an alliance with the Republic of Venice, committing to participate in all wars of the Republic and receiving coastal protection against the Ottomans in return.
  • 1424 – Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Verneuil: An English force under John, Duke of Bedford defeats a larger French army underJean II, Duke of Alençon, John Stewart, and Earl Archibald of Douglas.
  • 1498 – Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the cardinalate; later that same day, King Louis XII of France names him Duke of Valentinois.
  • 1549 – Battle of Sampford Courtenay: The Prayer Book Rebellion is quashed in England.
  • 1560 – The Roman Catholic Church is overthrown and Protestantism is established as the national religion in Scotland.
  • 1585 – Eighty Years’ War: Siege of Antwerp: Antwerp is captured by Spanish forces under Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, who orders Protestants to leave the city and as a result over half of the 100,000 inhabitants flee to the northern provinces.
  • 1585 – A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.
  • 1597 – Islands Voyage: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on an expedition to the Azores.
  • 1668 – A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.
  • 1717 – Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18: The month-long Siege of Belgrade ends with Prince Eugene of Savoy’s Austrian troops capturing the city from theOttoman Empire.
  • 1723 – Ioan Giurgiu Patachi becomes Bishop of Făgăraș and is festively installed in his position at the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Făgăraș, after being formally confirmed earlier by Pope Clement XI.
  • 1740 – Pope Benedict XIV, previously known as Prospero Lambertini succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope.
  • 1784 – Classical composer Luigi Boccherini receives a pay rise of 12000 reals from his employer, the Infante Luis, Count of Chinchón.
  • 1798 – The Vietnamese Roman Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Our Lady of La Vang.
  • 1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboatservice in the world.
  • 1862 – American Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Major General J. E. B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville: Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1866 – The Grand Duchy of Baden announces her withdrawal from the German Confederation and signs a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.
  • 1883 – The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
  • 1907 – Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
  • 1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.
  • 1914 – World War I: Battle of Stallupönen: The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.
  • 1915 – Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched in Marietta, Georgia after a 13-year-old girl is murdered in Marietta, Georgia.
  • 1915 – A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 miles per hour (217 km/h).
  • 1918 – Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
  • 1942 – World War II: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin.
  • 1943 – World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
  • 1943 – World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
  • 1943 – World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
  • 1943 – World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany’s V-weapon program.
  • 1945 – Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
  • 1947 – The Radcliffe Line, the border between the Dominions of India and Pakistan, is revealed.
  • 1953 – Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place, in Southern California.
  • 1958 – Pioneer 0, America’s first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.
  • 1959 – Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.
  • 1962 – Peter Fechter is shot and bleeds to death while trying to cross the new Berlin Wall.
  • 1969 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.
  • 1970 – Venera program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
  • 1977 – The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
  • 1978 – Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
  • 1988 – President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • 1991 – Strathfield massacre: In Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, taxi driver Wade Frankum shoots seven people and injures six others before turning the gun on himself.
  • 1998 – Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky; later that same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.
  • 1999 – The 7.6 Mw İzmit earthquake shakes northwestern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 17,118–17,127 dead and 43,953–50,000 injured.
  • 2004 – The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Bože pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
  • 2005 – The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of Israeli disengagement from Gaza, starts.
  • 2005 – Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
  • 2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.
  • 2009 – An accident at the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.
  • 2015 – A bomb explodes near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killing at least 19 people and injuring 123 others.

 

 

 

  • Births on August 17
  • 1153 – William IX, Count of Poitiers (d. 1156)
  • 1473 – Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (d. 1483)
  • 1556 – Alexander Briant, English martyr and saint (d. 1581)
  • 1601 – Pierre de Fermat, French lawyer and mathematician (d. 1665)
  • 1629 – John III Sobieski, Polish–Lithuanian king (d. 1696)
  • 1686 – Nicola Porpora, Italian composer and educator (d. 1768)
  • 1753 – Josef Dobrovský, Bohemian philologist and historian (d. 1828)
  • 1768 – Louis Desaix, French general (d. 1800)
  • 1786 – Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician (d. 1836)
  • 1786 – Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (d. 1861)
  • 1828 – Jules Bernard Luys, French neurologist and physician (d. 1897)
  • 1840 – Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, English poet and activist (d. 1922)
  • 1863 – Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and photographer (d. 1924)
  • 1865 – Julia Marlowe, English-American actress (d. 1950)
  • 1866 – Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, Indian 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
  • 1873 – John A. Sampson, American gynecologist and academic (d. 1946)
  • 1877 – Ralph McKittrick, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1923)
  • 1878 – Reggie Duff, Australian cricketer (d. 1911)
  • 1880 – Percy Sherwell, South African cricketer and tennis player (d. 1948)
  • 1887 – Charles I of Austria (d. 1922)
  • 1887 – Marcus Garvey, Jamaican journalist and activist, founded Black Star Line (d. 1940)
  • 1888 – Monty Woolley, American actor, raconteur, and pundit (d. 1963)
  • 1890 – Stefan Bastyr, Polish soldier and pilot (d. 1920)
  • 1890 – Harry Hopkins, American politician and diplomat, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)
  • 1893 – John Brahm, German-American director and production manager (d. 1982)
  • 1893 – Mae West, American actress, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1894 – William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes, English businessman, founded Rootes Group (d. 1964)
  • 1896 – Leslie Groves, American general and engineer (d. 1970)
  • 1896 – Tõnis Kint, Estonian lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1991)
  • 1896 – Oliver Waterman Larkin, American historian and author (d. 1970)
  • 1904 – Mary Cain, American journalist and politician (d. 1984)
  • 1904 – Leopold Nowak, Austrian composer and musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1909 – Larry Clinton, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1909 – Wilf Copping, English footballer (d. 1980)
  • 1911 – Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player and engineer (d. 1995)
  • 1911 – Martin Sandberger, German colonel and lawyer (d. 2010)
  • 1913 – Mark Felt, American lawyer and agent, 2nd Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (d. 2008)
  • 1913 – Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1989)
  • 1913 – Rudy York, American baseball player and manager (d. 1970)
  • 1914 – Bill Downs, American journalist (d. 1978)
  • 1914 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1988)
  • 1916 – Moses Majekodunmi, Nigerian physician and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – Evelyn Ankers, British-American actress (d. 1985)
  • 1918 – Ike Quebec, American saxophonist and pianist (d. 1963)
  • 1918 – Michael John Wise, English geographer and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1919 – Georgia Gibbs, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1920 – Maureen O’Hara, Irish-American actress and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Lida Moser, American photographer and author (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Geoffrey Elton, German-English historian and academic (d. 1994)
  • 1922 – Roy Tattersall, England cricketer (d. 2011)
  • 1923 – Larry Rivers, American painter and sculptor (d. 2002)
  • 1924 – Evan S. Connell, American novelist, poet, and short story writer (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Valerie Eliot, English businesswoman (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Jiang Zemin, Chinese engineer and politician, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and 5th President of China
  • 1927 – Sam Butera, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2009)
  • 1927 – F. Ray Keyser Jr., American lawyer and politician, 72nd Governor of Vermont (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – T. J. Anderson, American composer, conductor, and educator
  • 1928 – Willem Duys, Dutch tennis player, sportscaster, and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1929 – Francis Gary Powers, American captain and pilot (d. 1977)
  • 1930 – Harve Bennett, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Ted Hughes, English poet and playwright (d. 1998)
  • 1931 – Tony Wrigley, English historian, demographer, and academic
  • 1932 – V. S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-English novelist and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1932 – Duke Pearson, American pianist and composer (d. 1980)
  • 1932 – Jean-Jacques Sempé, French cartoonist
  • 1934 – João Donato, Brazilian pianist and composer
  • 1934 – Ron Henry, English footballer (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Seamus Mallon, Irish educator and politician, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland
  • 1938 – Theodoros Pangalos, Greek lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
  • 1940 – Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1940 – Barry Sheerman, English academic and politician
  • 1941 – Lothar Bisky, German businessman and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1941 – Jean Pierre Lefebvre, Canadian director and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Shane Porteous, Australian actor, animator, and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Edward Cowie, English composer, painter, and author
  • 1943 – Robert De Niro, American actor, entrepreneur, director, and producer
  • 1943 – John Humphrys, Welsh journalist and author
  • 1943 – Dave “Snaker” Ray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)
  • 1944 – Larry Ellison, American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation
  • 1944 – Jean-Bernard Pommier, French pianist and conductor
  • 1945 – Rachel Pollack, American author, poet, and educator
  • 1946 – Hugh Baiocchi, South African golfer
  • 1946 – Martha Coolidge, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1946 – Patrick Manning, Trinidadian-Tobagonian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2016)
  • 1947 – Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (1976-2016) (d. 2016)
  • 1948 – Alexander Ivashkin, Russian-English cellist and conductor (d. 2014)
  • 1949 – Norm Coleman, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Mayor of St. Paul
  • 1949 – Sue Draheim, American fiddler and composer (d. 2013)
  • 1949 – Julian Fellowes, English actor, director, screenwriter, and politician
  • 1952 – Aleksandr Maksimenkov, Russian footballer and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1952 – Nelson Piquet, Brazilian race car driver and businessman
  • 1952 – Mario Theissen, German engineer and businessman
  • 1952 – Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis player
  • 1953 – Mick Malthouse, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1953 – Herta Müller, Romanian-German poet and author, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1953 – Korrie Layun Rampan, Indonesian author, poet, and critic (d. 2015)
  • 1953 – Kevin Rowland, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Eric Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1954 – Andrés Pastrana Arango, Colombian lawyer and politician, 38th President of Colombia
  • 1955 – Colin Moulding, English singer-songwriter and bassist
  • 1956 – Gail Berman, American businessman, co-founded BermanBraun
  • 1956 – Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • 1957 – Ken Kwapis, American director and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Laurence Overmire, American poet, author, and actor
  • 1957 – Robin Cousins, British competitive figure skater
  • 1958 – Belinda Carlisle, American singer-songwriter
  • 1958 – Fred Goodwin, Scottish banker and accountant
  • 1958 – Maurizio Sandro Sala, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1959 – Jonathan Franzen, American novelist and essayist
  • 1959 – Jacek Kazimierski, Polish footballer
  • 1959 – Eric Schlosser, American journalist and author
  • 1960 – Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer-songwriter
  • 1960 – Sean Penn, American actor, director, and political activist
  • 1962 – Gilby Clarke, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1963 – Jon Gruden, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Colin James, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1964 – Dave Penney, English footballer and manager
  • 1965 – Steve Gorman, American drummer
  • 1965 – Dottie Pepper, American golfer
  • 1966 – Jüri Luik, Estonian politician and diplomat, 18th Estonian Minister of Defense
  • 1966 – Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder and stuntman
  • 1966 – Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player and manager
  • 1968 – Andriy Kuzmenko, Ukrainian singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1968 – Ed McCaffrey, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Helen McCrory, English actress
  • 1969 – Christian Laettner, American basketball player and coach
  • 1969 – Donnie Wahlberg, American singer-songwriter, actor and producer
  • 1969 – Kelvin Mercer, American rapper, songwriter and producer (De La Soul)
  • 1970 – Jim Courier, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Andrus Kivirähk, Estonian author
  • 1970 – Øyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer and coach
  • 1971 – Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1971 – Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1971 – Shaun Rehn, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1972 – Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1974 – Johannes Maria Staud, Austrian composer
  • 1976 – Eric Boulton, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 – Geertjan Lassche, Dutch journalist and director
  • 1976 – Serhiy Zakarlyuka, Ukrainian footballer and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1977 – Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
  • 1977 – William Gallas, French footballer
  • 1977 – Thierry Henry, French footballer
  • 1977 – Mike Lewis, Welsh guitarist
  • 1977 – Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1979 – Antwaan Randle El, American football player and journalist
  • 1980 – Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1980 – Daniel Güiza, Spanish footballer
  • 1980 – Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
  • 1980 – Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Phil Jagielka, English footballer
  • 1982 – Cheerleader Melissa, American wrestler and manager
  • 1983 – Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Dee Brown, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Oksana Domnina, Russian ice dancer
  • 1984 – Garrett Wolfe, American football player
  • 1986 – Rudy Gay, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1988 – Natalie Sandtorv, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Jihadi John, Kuwaiti-British member of ISIS (d. 2015)
  • 1992 – Alex Elisala, New Zealand-Australian rugby player (d. 2013)
  • 1993 – Sarah Sjöström, Swedish swimmer
  • 1995 – Gracie Gold, American figure skater
  • 1995 – Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, New Zealand rugby league player

 

 

 

  • Deaths on August 17
  • 754 – Carloman, mayor of the palace of Austrasia
  • 1153 – Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne (b. 1130)
  • 1304 – Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  • 1324 – Irene of Brunswick (b. 1293)
  • 1338 – Nitta Yoshisada, Japanese samurai (b. 1301)
  • 1510 – Edmund Dudley, English politician, Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1462)
  • 1673 – Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1641)
  • 1676 – Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, German author (b. 1621)
  • 1720 – Anne Dacier, French scholar and translator (b. 1654)
  • 1723 – Joseph Bingham, English scholar and academic (b. 1668)
  • 1768 – Vasily Trediakovsky, Russian poet and playwright (b. 1703)
  • 1785 – Jonathan Trumbull, English-American merchant and politician, 16th Governor of Connecticut (b. 1710)
  • 1786 – Frederick the Great, Prussian king (b. 1712)
  • 1814 – John Johnson, English architect and surveyor (b. 1732)
  • 1834 – Husein Gradaščević, Ottoman general (b. 1802)
  • 1838 – Lorenzo Da Ponte, Italian playwright and poet (b. 1749)
  • 1850 – José de San Martín, Argentinian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (b. 1778)
  • 1861 – Alcée Louis la Branche, American politician and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to Texas (b. 1806)
  • 1870 – Perucho Figueredo, Cuban poet and activist (b. 1818)
  • 1875 – Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist and anthropologist (b. 1827)
  • 1897 – William Jervois, English engineer and diplomat, 10th Governor of South Australia (b. 1821)
  • 1901 – Edmond Audran, French organist and composer (b. 1842)
  • 1903 – Hans Gude, Norwegian-German painter and academic (b. 1825)
  • 1908 – Radoje Domanović, Serbian satirist and journalist (b. 1873)
  • 1909 – Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian activist (b. 1883)
  • 1918 – Moisei Uritsky, Russian activist and politician (b. 1873)
  • 1920 – Ray Chapman, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • 1924 – Tom Kendall, English-Australian cricketer and journalist (b. 1851)
  • 1925 – Ioan Slavici, Romanian journalist and author (b. 1848)
  • 1935 – Adam Gunn, American decathlete (b. 1872)
  • 1935 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American sociologist and author (b. 1860)
  • 1936 – José María of Manila, Spanish-Filipino priest and martyr (b. 1880)
  • 1940 – Billy Fiske, American soldier and pilot (b. 1911)
  • 1945 – Reidar Haaland, Norwegian police officer and soldier (b. 1919)
  • 1949 – Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino journalist, jurist, and politician (b. 1891)
  • 1958 – Arthur Fox, English-American fencer (b. 1878)
  • 1966 – Ken Miles, English race car driver and engineer (b. 1918)
  • 1969 – Otto Stern, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1970 – Rattana Pestonji, Thai director and producer (b. 1908)
  • 1971 – Maedayama Eigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 39th Yokozuna (b. 1914)
  • 1971 – Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  • 1973 – Conrad Aiken, American novelist, short story writer, critic, and poet (b. 1889)
  • 1973 – Jean Barraqué, French pianist and composer (b. 1928)
  • 1973 – Paul Williams, American singer and choreographer (b. 1939)
  • 1979 – John C. Allen, American roller coaster designer (b. 1907)
  • 1979 – Vivian Vance, American actress and singer (b. 1909)
  • 1983 – Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1987 – Gary Chester, Italian drummer and educator (b. 1924)
  • 1987 – Rudolf Hess, German soldier and politician (b. 1894)
  • 1987 – Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor and screenwriter (b. 1929)
  • 1988 – Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (b. 1924)
  • 1988 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1914)
  • 1988 – Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (b. 1935)
  • 1990 – Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (b. 1918)
  • 1993 – Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician and academic (b. 1920)
  • 1994 – Luigi Chinetti, Italian-American race car driver and businessman (b. 1901)
  • 1994 – Jack Sharkey, American boxer and referee (b. 1902)
  • 1995 – Howard E. Koch, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1902)
  • 1995 – Ted Whitten, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1933)
  • 1998 – Władysław Komar, Polish shot putter and actor (b. 1940)
  • 1998 – Tadeusz Ślusarski, Polish pole vaulter (b. 1950)
  • 2000 – Jack Walker, English businessman (b. 1929)
  • 2004 – Thea Astley, Australian author and educator (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – John N. Bahcall, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1934)
  • 2006 – Shamsur Rahman, Bangladeshi poet and journalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007 – Bill Deedes, English journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2007 – Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • 2008 – Franco Sensi, Italian businessman and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2010 – Francesco Cossiga, Italian lawyer and politician, 8th President of Italy (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Aase Bjerkholt, Norwegian politician, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion (b. 1915)
  • 2012 – Victor Poor, American engineer, developed the Datapoint 2200 (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Patrick Ricard, French businessman (b. 1945)
  • 2012 – John Lynch-Staunton, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Odilia Dank, American educator and politician (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Jack Harshman, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – John Hollander, American poet and critic (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Frank Martínez, American painter (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Gus Winckel, Dutch lieutenant and pilot (b. 1912)
  • 2014 – Børre Knudsen, Norwegian minister and activist (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Wolfgang Leonhard, German historian and author (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Sophie Masloff, American civil servant and politician, 56th Mayor of Pittsburgh (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Miodrag Pavlović, Serbian poet and critic (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Pierre Vassiliu, French singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Mike Gaechter, American football player (b. 1940)
  • 2015 – Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, German businessman (b. 1933)
  • 2015 – László Paskai, Hungarian cardinal (b. 1927)
  • 2016 – Arthur Hiller, Canadian actor, director, and producer (b. 1923)

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on August 17
  • Birthday of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Clare of the Cross
    • Hyacinth of Poland
    • Jacobo Kyushei Tomonaga
    • Jeanne Delanoue
    • Johann Gerhard (Lutheran)
    • Mammes of Caesarea (Catholic Church)
    • Samuel Johnson, Timothy Cutler, and Thomas Bradbury Chandler (Episcopal Church)
    • August 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Engineer’s Day (Colombia)
  • Flag Day (Bolivia)
  • Independence Day (Indonesia), celebrates the proclamation of Indonesia’s independence from Japan in 1945.
  • Independence Days (Gabon), celebrates the independence of Gabon from France in 1960.
  • Prekmurje Union Day (Slovenia)
  • San Martin Day (Argentina)

 

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