On This Day In History, 17 August

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World Events Today

  • Bridget Driscoll was the first recorded case of a pedestrian killed by a car in Great Britain, today in 1896
  • The President of the United States, Bill Clinton, after previously denying the incident many times, finally admitted today in 1998, that he had engaged in an “improper physical relationship” with Monica Lewinsky
  • Russia upheld a ban on gay pride marches in Moscow today in 2012, the ban is due to last for 100 years

Entertainment Events Today

  • Animal Farm, the allegorical novella by George Orwell, was first published in England today in 1945
  • After leaving the United States 5 days before, the helium-filled balloon Double Eagle II landed in France today in 1978, it was the first successful manned balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean
  • The Monty Python movie The Life of Brian was released in the United States today in 1979

Family Events Today

  • The American frontiersman Davy Crockett was born today in 1786 in Tennessee
  • The American actor Robert De Niro, star of many movies including The Godfather Part 2 and Taxi Driver, was born today in 1943 in New York
  • Rudolf Hess, the former deputy führer of Nazi Germany, died today in 1987 aged 93, he hanged himself in his cell in Spandau Prison, he had been imprisoned there since the end of World War II

Main Event Today

  • A terrorist attack on La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, occurred today in 2017, 13 people died during the attack and over 100 others were injured

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Thrift Shop Day

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