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This Day in History: August 17

History: What Happened Today?

  1. In 1807, Robert Fulton's steamboat "Clermont" begins its first trip up the Hudson River.
  2. In 1896, a party of prospectors discovered gold in Alaska, an event that started the Klondike gold rush.
  3. In 1957, Phillies' outfielder Richie Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck spectator Alice Roth, wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor Earl Roth, breaking her nose. When play resumed, Ashburn fouled off another ball that struck Roth while she was being carried off in a stretcher.
  4. In 1978, 3 Americans perform the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by balloon.
  5. In 2008, Michael Phelps and three teammates won the 400-meter IM relay for Phelps' record breaking eighth gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Marcus Garvey (early civil rights leader), Robert DeNiro (actor), Pierre de Fermat (French mathematician), Davy Crockett (American frontiersman), Mae West (actress)

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