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August 17th

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

On this page, we have placed information about August 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on August 17th

1601 Pierre de Fermat (mathematician)

1629 John III Sobieski (King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania)

1786 Davy Crockett (frontiersman)

1844 Menelik II (Emperor of Ethiopia)

1882 Samuel Goldwyn (film producer)

Samuel Goldwyn

1887 Charles I of Austria (Emperor of Austria 1848-1916)

1893 Mae West (actress)

1913 Mark Felt (FBI agent, whistleblower - "Deep Throat")

1920 Maureen+O'Hara (actress)

1926 George Melly (singer)

1929 Francis Gary Powers (U2 pilot)

1930 Ted Hughes (poet)

1932 V. S. Naipaul (author)

1943 Robert De Niro (actor)

Robert De Niro

1944 Larry Ellison (Co-founder of Oracle)

1951 Alan Minter (boxer)

1952 Nelson Piquet (racing driver)

1958 Belinda Carlisle (singer)

1958 Sir Fred Goodwin (former banker and Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland 2001-2009 - nicknamed "Fred the Shred")

1959 David Koresh (cult leader)

1960 Sean Penn (actor)

Sean Penn

1977 Thierry Henry (soccer player)

August 17th in History

1945 Indonesia proclaims independence from the Netherlands.

1947 The Radcliffe Line delineating the border between India and Pakistan is revealed.

1960 Gabon independent from France.

1970 Venera 7 space probe is launched towards Venus. It will subsequently become the first space probe to transmit data from the surface of another planet.


1977 The icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.

1982 First Compact Discs (CDs) released to the public.

Compact Disc

2008 Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win 8 gold medals at one Olympics.

August 17th is also

Independence Day (Indonesia)

Celebration of birth of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari Movement)


People born on August 17th are Leo


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