August 17 in Pop Culture History

August 17th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 17th History Highlights

  • 1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat begin its first trip between Albany and New York City.
  • 1978 – Maxie Anderson, Larry Newman, and Ben Abruzzo became the first people to make a transatlantic trip across the ocean, landing in Miserey, France after a 137 hour trip from Maine.
  • 1998 – President Bill Clinton made the statement “It depends on what your meaning of ‘is’ is”.
  • August 17, 19** Birthday (fictional) Lois Lane, DC Comics
  • If you were born on August 17th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 24th (prior year)

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.”
– Maureen O’Hara

” Remember these words when I am dead. First, be sure you’re right, then go ahead.”
– Davy Crockett

” You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
– Mae West

“Stressed about things I shouldn’t even be stressing about.”
– Lil Pump

” Life’s too short to be a Go-Go for twenty years.”
– Belinda Carlisle

Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.”
– Robert De Niro

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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