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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
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/connecticut-patriot-jonathan-trumbull-dies


Automotive
1915 : Charles Kettering receives patent for electric self-starter
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/charles-kettering-receives-patent-for-electric-self-starter


Civil War
1862 : Dakota uprising begins in Minnesota
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/dakota-sioux-uprising-begins


Cold War
1962 : East Germans kill man trying to cross Berlin Wall
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/east-germans-kill-man-trying-to-cross-berlin-wall


Crime
1984 : A serial rapist strikes in England
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/a-serial-rapist-strikes-in-england


Disaster
1999 : Earthquake exposes weak infrastructure
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/earthquake-exposes-weak-infrastructure


General Interest
1943 : Patton wins race to Messina
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/patton-wins-race-to-messina

1978 : Balloon crosses the Atlantic
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/balloon-crosses-the-atlantic

1987 : Hitler's last living henchman dies
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hitlers-last-living-henchman-dies

1999 : Deadly earthquake strikes Turkey
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/deadly-earthquake-strikes-turkey


Hollywood
1943 : Robert De Niro born
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sex-and-the-city-movie-released


Literary
1993 : Random House gives Colin Powell largest autobiography advance to date
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/random-house-gives-colin-powell-largest-autobiography-advance-to-date


Music
1974 : "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace tops the U.S. pop charts
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/quotthe-night-chicago-diedquot-by-paper-lace-tops-the-us-pop-charts


Old West
1877 : Billy the Kid kills his first man
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/billy-the-kid-kills-his-first-man


Presidential
1998 : Clinton testifies before grand jury
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/clinton-testifies-before-grand-jury


Sports
1933 : Lou Gehrig goes the distance
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lou-gehrig-goes-the-distance


Vietnam War
1968 : 117,000 combat missions flown over North Vietnam in three years
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/117000-combat-missions-flown-over-north-vietnam-in-three-years

1973 : U.S. troops to withdraw from Thailand
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/us-troops-to-withdraw-from-thailand


World War I
1914 : Russian troops invade East Prussia
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/russian-troops-invade-east-prussia


World War II
1942 : Carlson's Raiders land on Makin Island
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/carlsons-raiders-land-on-makin-island
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