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Monday, August 18, 2014

August 17 - This Day in History

August 17: General Interest
1969: Woodstock Music Festival concludes

On this day in 1969, the grooviest event in music history--the Woodstock Music Festival--draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock 'n' roll in upstate New York... read more

American Revolution
1785 : Connecticut Patriot Jonathan Trumbull dies

1915 : Charles Kettering receives patent for electric self-starter

Civil War
1862 : Dakota uprising begins in Minnesota

Cold War
1962 : East Germans kill man trying to cross Berlin Wall

1984 : A serial rapist strikes in England

1999 : Earthquake exposes weak infrastructure

General Interest
1943 : Patton wins race to Messina

1978 : Balloon crosses the Atlantic

1987 : Hitler's last living henchman dies

1999 : Deadly earthquake strikes Turkey

1943 : Robert De Niro born

1993 : Random House gives Colin Powell largest autobiography advance to date

1974 : "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace tops the U.S. pop charts

Old West
1877 : Billy the Kid kills his first man

1998 : Clinton testifies before grand jury

1933 : Lou Gehrig goes the distance

Vietnam War
1968 : 117,000 combat missions flown over North Vietnam in three years

1973 : U.S. troops to withdraw from Thailand

World War I
1914 : Russian troops invade East Prussia

World War II
1942 : Carlson's Raiders land on Makin Island
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