Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 17

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This is a list of selected August 17 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

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Blurb Reason
Independence Day in Gabon (1960) refimprove section
1807Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat, the world's first commercially successful paddle steamer, went into service on the Hudson River in New York. refimprove
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 Dakota War. refimprove section
1866 - The Grand Duchy of Baden announced its withdrawal from the German Confederation and signed a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia. single source
1914World War I: Ignoring orders to retreat, Hermann von François led a successful counterattack defending East Prussia at the Battle of Stallupönen and scored the first German victory in the Eastern Front. unreferenced section
1947 – A commission led by Cyril Radcliffe established the Radcliffe Line, the border between India and Pakistan after the Partition of India. cleanup required
1959 – A magnitude 7.3 ML earthquake occurred in southwestern Montana, U.S., causing a huge landslide that caused over 28 fatalities and created Quake Lake. page numbers needed
1962East German border guards shot and killed Peter Fechter as he attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin. refimprove
1980 – Two-month-old Australian Azaria Chamberlain was taken from her family's campsite at Uluru by a dingo, for which her mother was wrongly convicted of murder. lots of CN tags in one section
1991 – A spree killer went on a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Strathfield, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, killing seven people before being committing suicide. lots of CN tags in one section
1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton admitted in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. appears on January 26
Nitta Yoshisada |d|1338| date not cited
Davy Crockett |b|1786| in popular culture
Robert De Niro |b|1943| on DYK in 2020



August 17: Independence Day in Indonesia (1945)

Sukarno proclaiming Indonesia's independence, with Hatta on the right
Sukarno proclaiming Indonesia's independence, with Hatta on the right
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