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What happened on August 17th in history

 

  • August 17, 1227 Death of the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan.
  • August 17, 1717 “George Boone, the grandfather of pioneer and American folk hero Daniel Boone sails to America from Bradninch, England”
  • August 17, 1787 Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
  • August 17, 1807 “Robert Fulton’s first American steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.”
  • August 17, 1807 Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

  • August 17, 1812 Frigate President captures British schooner L’Adeline in North Atlantic
  • August 17, 1846 US takes Los Angeles
  • August 17, 1850 “Jose de San Martin, liberator of Chile, dies.”
  • August 17, 1859 Circus acrobat Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
  • August 17, 1862 Indian Wars: The Lakota (Sioux) Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as vicious Lakota attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.
  • August 17, 1863 “Federal batteries & ships bombard Fort Sumter, Charleston”
  • August 17, 1869 The first international boat race (Thames River) (Oxford beats Harvard)
  • August 17, 1870 “Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)”
  • August 17, 1870 “The first ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington”
  • August 17, 1870 Western Australia is granted representative government
  • August 17, 1883 “The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Quisqueyanos valientes.”
  • August 17, 1896 Gold is discovered on Klondike River
  • August 17, 1907 “Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opened in Seattle.”
  • August 17, 1908 Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery
  • August 17, 1914 The Belgian government moves its offices from Brussels to Antwerp.
  • August 17, 1915 “Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia.”
  • August 17, 1915 “Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life”
  • August 17, 1915 “SS Glenby, this Ropner ship was sunk by gunfire from a U boat St. George’s Channel. The Germans then machine gunned the survivors in the life boats, killing two and seriously wounding two others”
  • August 17, 1918 Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.
  • August 17, 1918 “Samuel Riddle buys Man o’War for $5,000”
  • August 17, 1938 Henry Armstrong won his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
  • August 17, 1940 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
  • August 17, 1942 “Submarines USS Nautilus and USS Argonaut land 222 Marines on Makin Island, first amphibious attack made from submarines”
  • August 17, 1942 U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).
  • August 17, 1942 “US bombers staged 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France”
  • August 17, 1943 “World War II: First Qubec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.”
  • August 17, 1943 World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission.
  • August 17, 1945 Indonesia declares independence from Netherlands (National Day)
  • August 17, 1945 Indonesia proclaims its independence from Holland.
  • August 17, 1945 Indonesian Declaration of Independence. Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published by Fredric Warburg
  • August 17, 1947 “The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.”
  • August 17, 1948 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • August 17, 1950 Indonesia gains independence from the Netherlands
  • August 17, 1951 “Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica”
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