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Soldiers lay flowers at the memorial for the Hill 303 massacre
Damage from the 1999 earthquake at İzmit, Turkey
Independence Day in ( Gabon 1960)
1807 – Robert Fulton's , the world's first commercially successful North River Steamboat paddle steamer, went into service on the Hudson River in New York.
1862 – A council of Dakota decided to attack settlements throughout the Minnesota River valley in an effort to drive whites out of the area, sparking the .
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1866 - The announced its withdrawal from the Grand Duchy of Baden German Confederation and signed a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.
1914 – World War I: Ignoring orders to retreat, Hermann von François led a successful counterattack defending East Prussia at the and scored the first German victory in the Battle of Stallupönen Eastern Front.
1947 – A commission led by Cyril Radcliffe established the , the border between India and Pakistan after the Radcliffe Line Partition of India.
1959 – A magnitude 7.3 M earthquake L in southwestern occurred Montana, U.S., causing a huge landslide that caused over 28 fatalities and created Quake Lake.
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1962 – East German border guards shot and killed as he attempted to cross the Peter Fechter Berlin Wall into West Berlin.
1980 – Two-month-old Australian was taken from her family's campsite at Azaria Chamberlain Uluru by a dingo, for which her mother was wrongly convicted of murder.
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1991 – A spree killer went on at a shopping mall in a shooting rampage Strathfield, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, killing seven people before being committing suicide.
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1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton admitted in taped testimony that he had an " " with improper physical relationship White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
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986 – Byzantine–Bulgarian wars: The Bulgarians defeated Byzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan near present-day Ihtiman, with Emperor barely escaping. Basil II
1424 – Hundred Years' War: The allied English– Burgundian force gained a strategically important victory in the bloody in Battle of Verneuil Normandy, France.
1676 – Scanian War: Swedish forces defeated Danish troops at the , the last battle in Battle of Halmstad Halland between the two countries.
1907 – , the most popular tourist destination in Pike Place Market Seattle, Washington, U.S., opened for business.
1915 – American Jew was Leo Frank lynched by a mob of prominent citizens in Marietta, Georgia, for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl.
1915 – The Category 4 made landfall in 1915 Galveston hurricane Galveston, Texas, and caused a great deal of destruction in its path, leaving 275-400 people dead and $50 million in damage.
1943 – Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt met in held in a highly secret military conference Quebec City.
1943 – Second World War: The Royal Air Force began a strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany's V-weapon programme by the attacking Peenemünde Army Research Center.
1945 – , Animal Farm George Orwell's satirical allegory of Soviet totalitarianism, was first published.
1950 – Korean War: A North Korean Army unit 42 American massacred prisoners of war so that they would not slow the North Koreans down.
1959 – by Kind of Blue Miles Davis (pictured), one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed jazz recordings of all time, was released.
1969 – struck the Hurricane Camille Mississippi coast of the United States, killing 259 people and causing $1.42 billion in damages.
1999 – A 7.6 earthquake M w northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 people and leaving more than 250,000 homeless. struck
2008 – won his eighth gold medal of the Michael Phelps Beijing Summer Olympics, setting the record for the most golds won by an individual in a single games.
2009 – A turbine of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station in Russia , flooding the building, killing 75 people and causing widespread power outages. failed catastrophically Born/died: |d|949| Li Shouzhen |d|1809| Matthew Boulton |b|1863| Gene Stratton-Porter |b|1896| Leslie Groves |b|1936| Margaret Hamilton |d|1940| Billy Fiske |b|1953| Korrie Layun Rampan |b|1960| Sean Penn |b|1972| Dawn Mabalon |b|1977| Thierry Henry |b|1992 Paige
: August 17 Independence Day in ( Indonesia 1945)
Sukarno proclaiming Indonesia's independence, with Hatta on the right