August 17th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
August 17th History Highlights
August 17th is…
Black Cat Appreciation Day
I Love My Feet Day!
Massachusetts DayNonprofit Day
Thrift Shop Day
Vanilla Custard Day
August 17th Birthday Quotes
” There is nothing worse than having your personal problems become somebody else’s entertainment.”
” Remember these words when I am dead. First, be sure you’re right, then go ahead.”
” You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
“Stressed about things I shouldn’t even be stressing about.”
” Life’s too short to be a Go-Go for twenty years.”
” Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.”
August 17th Birthdays
1786 – Davy Crockett, American soldier, and politician (died in 1836)
1893 – Mae West, American comedic actress (died in 1980)
1909 – Larry Clinton, American trumpet player, and bandleader (died in 1985)
1919 – Georgia Gibbs, American singer (died in 2006)
1920 – Maureen O’Hara, Irish-American actress (died in 2015)
1943 – Robert De Niro, American actor
1945 – Rachel Pollack, American comic book author, and poet
1958 – Belinda Carlisle, American singer, The Go-Gos
1960 – Sean Penn, American actor
1982 – Mark Salling, American actor (died in 2018)
2000 – Lil Pump, American rapper and songwriter
August 17th History
| 1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left New York, New York, to Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.|
1896 – Bridget Driscoll was run over by a Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London. She was the UK’s first pedestrian motoring fatality.
1907 – Pike Place Market, in Seattle’s historic district, opened.
1908 – Fantasmagorie was released by Émile Cohl. It is one of the earliest examples of traditional (hand-drawn) animation and considered by film historians to be the first animated cartoon.
1953 – The first meeting of Narcotics Anonymous took place in Southern California.
1958 – Pioneer 0, America’s first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and failed.
1959 – Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the best-selling jazz recording of all time, was released.
1968 – #1 Hit August 17, 1968 – September 20, 1968: Young Rascals – People Got to Be Free
1969 – Hurricane Camille (Category 5) hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 people.
1974 – #1 Hit August 17, 1974 – August 23, 1974: Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died
1977 – The Soviet icebreaker Arktika became the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
1978 – Double Eagle II became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it landed in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
August 17, 19** Birthday (fictional) Lois Lane, DC Comics
1990 (Earthquake) Izmit, Turkey
1998 – President Clinton admitted to having an “inappropriate” relationship with an intern, Monica Lewinsky.
2002 – #1 Hit August 17, 2002 – October 4, 2002: Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland – Dilemma
2005 – Weeds premiered on Showtime
August 17, 2007 – High School Musical 2 aired on The Disney Channel
2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
A group of Goldfinches is called a Charm.
Robby the Robot starred in films such as Forbidden Planet and television’s The Addams Family
Alan’s Law of Research: The theory is supported as long as the funds are.
Olivia Newton-John was sewn into the leather trousers she wears in the last scene of Grease.
Q: What do you give to a sick lemon? A: Lemon aid!
When mopping the floor, use very hot water. It evaporates and dries quicker. #LifeProTip
A group of Hedgehogs is called an Array.
The Scary Statistic: Falling Down odds: 1-in-246
What to do: Stay in a chair, or lie on the ground.
The first mainstream album in history to be recorded & mixed digitally and released in CD format was ‘The Visitors’ by ABBA
The biggest film of 1945: The Bells of St. Mary’s (Drama) earned ~ $21,000,000
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