Today in History (August 17)
Today is Wednesday, August 17, the 229th day of 2022. Today is in history.
- In 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began traveling up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany.
- In 1863, Federal batteries and ships began shelling Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor during the Civil War, but the Confederates held out despite several days of shelling.
- 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 1945, George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm”, an allegorical satire of Soviet communism, was first published in London by Martin Secker & Warburg.
- 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 2004, at the Athens Games, Romania won its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in women’s gymnastics; the United States won silver while Russia won bronze.
- In 1998, President Bill Clinton testified before a grand jury via White House CCTV regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
- In 2011, Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Beijing to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
- In 2021, 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 raucous prayer for the deliverance of the Russian president. Vladimir Poutine.
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (jahng zuh-MEEN’) is 96 years old. Former MLB All-Star Boog Powell is 81 years old. Actor Robert DeNiro is 79 years old. Director Martha Coolidge is 76 years old. Rock musician Gary Talley (The Box Tops) is 75. Actor-writer-producer Julian Fellowes is 73 years old. Actor Robert Joy is 71 years old. The International Tennis Hall of Fame Guillermo Vilas turns 70. Rock singer Kevin Rowland (Dexy’s Midnight Runners) is 69. Rock musician Colin Molding (XTC) is 67. -songwriter Kevin Welch is 67 years old. Olympic gold medalist figure skater Robin Cousins is 65. Singer Belinda Carlisle is 64 years old. Author Jonathan Franzen is 63 years old. Actor Sean Penn is 62 years old. Jazz musician Everette Harp is 61 years old. Maria McKee is 58 years old. Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 57 years old. Rock musician Jill Cunniff (kuh-NIHF’) is 56 years old. Actor David Conrad is 55 years old. Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 53 years old. College Basketball Hall of Famer and Retired NBA All-Star Christian Laettner is 53. Rapper Posdnuos (PAHS’-deh-noos) i s 53. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier is 52. Retired MLB All-Star Jorge Posada is 51. TV personality Giuliana Rancic is 48 years old. Actor Bryton James is 36 years old. Butler is 31 years old. Actor Taissa Farmiga is 28 years old. Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Gracie Gold is 27 years old.
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