17th August

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1999 1,000 dead in Turkey following earthquake An Earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hits the town of Izmit in western Turkey leaving 1,000 dead and destroying many buildings in the surrounding area.
1998 Bill Clinton admits inappropriate relationship Bill Clinton admits having an "inappropriate relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
1987 Rudolf Hess dies The last of Adolf Hitler's colleagues, Rudolf Hess dies in the West Berlin Spandau prison. This was his fifth attempt to kill himself
1978 Hot air balloon crosses the Altantic Americans Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman and Max Anderson make the first crossing of the Atlantic in a hot air balloon.
1945 Indonesia declares independence Indonesia declares its independence from the Netherlands.
1943 World War 2 - Sicily conquered British and US troops enter Messina to complete the conquest of Sicily.
1929 Gary Powers is born American spy plane pilot Captain Francis Gary Powers is born.
1859 Charles Blondin crosses Niagra falls French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses the Niagra Falls on a tightrope.
1833 Steamship crosses the Atlantic The Canada Royal William becomes the first steamship to cross the Atlantic entirely by power.
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