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17th August

1786 * Davy Crockett, US frontiersman and politician.

1892 * Mae West, US actress and playwright.

1896 A gold rush started in the Klondike River in Canada's Yukon Territory.

1943 * Robert de Niro, US actor who won an Oscar for the film The Godfather Part 2 (1974).

1945 Indonesia gained its independence from the Netherlands.

1957 * Robin Cousins, English ice-skater who won Gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

1969 Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people.

1977 Soviet ice-breaker the Artika became the first ship to reach the North Pole.

1978 Three Americans, Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman and Max Anderson made the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight landing outside of Paris.

1987 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's former right-hand man, was found dead in Spandau Prison.

1988 President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan was killed when his plane exploded after take-off.

1989 An Australian airliner became the first to fly non-stop from London to Sydney.

1998 President of the United States, Bill Clinton, admitted having an inappropriate relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

1999 A earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck northwest Turkey with at least 40,000 people feared dead.

2000 Prince William passed three A-levels and secured a place to study history of art at the oldest university in Scotland, St Andrews.

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