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This Day in History for August 17

1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont begins first trip up Hudson River.

1846 – Commodore Robert F. Stockton, US Navy, annexes California.

1891 – 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People’s Bath)

1903 – Joe Pulitzer donates $1 million to Columbia University & begins the Pulitzer Prizes in America.

1918 – Samuel Riddle buys Man O’War for $5,000.

1936 – An unemployment worker, Neil B. Rudd, in Madison, Wisconsin, receives the first unemployment benefit check paid under state law, for $15.

1938 – 1st aircraft owned by US Forest Service, in service (Oakland)

1942 – US 8th Air Force bombers stage first independent raid on Europe, attack Rouen, France.

1943 – Gen. Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies.

1944 – Yankees Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game.

1952 – “Fallout” 1st used (NY Times)

1955 – Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage.

1959 – 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park.

1969 – Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi & Louisiana)

1973 – Lee Trevino’s 1st hole-in-one.

1986 – Bronze pig statue unveiled at Pike Place Market, Seattle.

1987 – Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 2,700 for 1st time (2,700.57)

1998 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony he had an “improper physical relationship” with the intern and on the same day admits before the nation he “misled people” about the relationship.

2016 – Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes.

2017 – Collision of two neutron stars witnessed for the first time, first picked up by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (Ligo)

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