Today in History: August 17 | Features
“The biggest mistake you can make is to continually fear making one.” —Elbert Hubbard
Today is WEDNESDAY AUGUST. 17, the 229th day of 2022. There are 136 days left in the year.
HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY
On August 17, 1982, the first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA’s “The Visitors”, were pressed at a Philips factory near Hanover, West Germany.
10 YEARS AGO
In Moscow, a judge sentenced three punk rock-style activists, members of the group Pussy Riot, to two years in prison for hooliganism for briefly taking over a cathedral in a loud prayer for the deliverance of Russian President Vladimir Putin; the court’s decision sparked protests around the world. (One of the three defendants was later released on probation; the other two were released months before their two-year sentence in December 2013.)
TO THIS DATE :
In 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia lynched 31-year-old Jewish businessman Leo Frank, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment . (Frank, who claimed his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)
In 1978, the first successful transatlantic balloon flight ended when Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outside Paris.
In 1982, the first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA’s “The Visitors”, were pressed at a Philips factory near Hannover, West Germany.
In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died in Spandau prison at the age of 93, an apparent suicide.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton testified before a grand jury via White House closed-circuit television regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky; he then gave a televised speech in which he denied committing perjury previously, admitted that his relationship with Lewinsky was “bad”, and criticized Kenneth Starr’s investigation.
In 2011, Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Beijing to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
Actor Robert De Niro is 79 years old.
Director Martha Coolidge is 76 years old.
Rock musician Gary Talley (The Box Tops) is 75.
Actor Robert Joy is 71 years old.
Country singer-songwriter Kevin Welch is 67 years old.
Olympic gold medalist figure skater Robin Cousins is 65.
Singer Belinda Carlisle is 64 years old.
Actor Sean Penn is 62 years old.
Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 57 years old.
Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 53 years old.
College Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA retiree Christian Laettner is 53.
Former MLB star Jorge Posada is 51 years old.
TV personality Giuliana Rancic is 48 years old.
Actor Bryton James is 36 years old.
Actor Austin Butler is 31 years old.
Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Gracie Gold is 27 years old.