Thursday, August 17, 2017

32nd year - N° 229 Thursday, 17 August 2017

32nd year - N° 229 Thursday, 17 August 2017

17 August / Today's 17 Events:
231 years ago

Thursday 17th of August 1786

Folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician Davy David Crockett aka King of the Wild Frontier is born in Limestone, Tennessee, United States.

138 years ago

Sunday 17th of August 1879

Film producer Samuel Goldwyn, originally Szmuel Gelbfisz aka Samuel Goldfish is born in Warszawa, Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland.

124 years ago

Thursday 17th of August 1893

Actress, singer and sex symbol Mae Mary Jane West is born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States.

121 years ago

Monday 17th of August 1896

Bridget Driscoll becomes the United Kingdom's first automobile fatality when she steps in front of a car off Dolphin Terrace at the age of 45 in The Crystal Palace, London, Greater London, United Kingdom.

At the coroner's inquest, driver Arthur James Edsall stated that he had been driving at only 4 mph and that when he saw Driscoll he rang his bell and shouted "Stand back!".

102 years ago He Was a Postcard Celebrity

Tuesday 17th of August 1915

Alleged child killer Leo Max Frank aka Max the Jew is lynched by a mob of prominent citizens calling themselves 'The Knights of Mary Fagan' at the age of 31 in Marietta, Georgia, United States.

Several photographs were taken of the lynching, which were published and sold as postcards in local stores for 25 cents each, a common practice after lynchings, along with pieces of the rope, Frank's nightshirt, and branches from the tree.

101 years ago

Thursday 17th of August 1916

Artist Umberto Boccioni dies of multiple injuries at the age of 34 in Verona, Veneto, Italy.

The day before Boccioni was thrown off his horse during a cavalry training and trampled.

88 years ago

Saturday 17th of August 1929

United States Air Force pilot Francis Gary Powers known from the 1960 U-2 incident is born in Jenkins, Kentucky, United States.

84 years ago

Thursday 17th of August 1933

Revolutionary black activist Michael X, originally Michael de Freitas aka Abdul Malik is born in Port-of-Spain, Metropolitan Area, Trinidad.

74 years ago He Didn't Come in a Taxi

Tuesday 17th of August 1943

Actor Robert De Niro known from the movie Taxi Driver is born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States.

55 years ago

Friday 17th of August 1962

Bricklayer and first victim of the Berlin Wall Border Guard Peter Fechter bleeds to death after being shot in the right hip by border guards 26-year-old Rolf Friedrich and 20-year-old Erich Schreiber at the age of 18 in Zimmerstraße, Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Fechter was left bleeding on the spot for over an hour in full view of western onlookers.

55 years ago

Friday 17th of August 1962

21-year-old Mass murderer Charles Joseph Whitman aka The Man on the Tower marries 19-year-old Kathleen Frances Leissner in Needville, Texas, United States.

48 years ago

Sunday 17th of August 1969

Dentist Philip Blaiberg dies of a final rejection of his new heart at the age of 60 in Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa.

Blaiberg was the man who lived longest with a transplanted heart.

37 years ago

Sunday 17th of August 1980

Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain aka The Dingo Baby is possibly abducted and killed by a dingo at the age of 0 in Barbecue Area, Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia.

30 years ago

Monday 17th of August 1987

Nazi leader and Stellvertreter des Führers Rudolf Walter Richard Hess commits suicide by asphyxiation at the age of 93 in Kriegsverbrechergefängnis, Spandau, Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Hess took an extension cord from one of the lamps, strung it over a window latch and hanged himself. A short note to his family thanking them for all they had done was found in his pocket.

15 years ago The Eyes had it

Saturday 17th of August 2002

A lonely break during a party on our rooftop terrace in Oudstrijdersstraat 35, Borgerhout, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.

14 years ago The Eyes had it

Sunday 17th of August 2003

Season's greetings with a picture of the shattered windows after 28-year-old al-Qaeda suicide bomber Asmar Latin Sani detonated a Toyota Kijang car bomb outside the lobby of the Marriott on 5 August 2003, killing twelve people and injuring 150 in Marriott Hotel, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia.

3 years ago

Sunday 17th of August 2014

298 die in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Boeing 777-200ER crash in Hrabove, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.

The plane was shot down pro-Russian rebels with a Buk surface-to-air missile during the Donbass insurgency.

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