August 17 was the day in history when…
2008: Michael Phelps won his record breaking eighth gold medal. Team U.S.A. was in third place behind Australia and Japan in the 400-meter medley. Phelps dove into the pool to do the third leg, the butterfly stroke. By the time he finished, Phelps had brought his team into first place by more than half a second. U.S.A. was able to hold on for the win, breaking several records in the process.
1998: Bill Clinton testified before a grand jury about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The relationship between the two started in 1995 while Lewinsky was a White House intern. Clinton denied involvement as the scandal raged on for two years. Finally President Clinton was called to testify before the grand jury regarding his conduct, becoming the first sitting president to do so. After five and a half hours of testimony, Clinton admitted that he had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
1957: Baseball player Richie Ashburn hit a fan twice with a foul ball. Alice Roth, wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports writer Earl Roth, was sitting in the stands minding her own business. Ashburn was up to bat when he hit a foul ball into the stands hitting Roth in the nose. As she was being taken away on a stretcher, Ashburn fouled off another ball hitting the poor battered fan for a second time.
1915: Leo Frank was lynched. In 1913, Frank, a Jewish American, was convicted of the murder of 13 year old Mary Phagan in Marietta, Georgia. The trial sparked anti-Semitic and anti-Northern Industrialist feelings in the South and a resurgence of the influence of the Klu Klux Klan. Shortly after the verdict, new evidence began coming to light that cast doubt on Frank’s guilt. In 1915, Governor John M. Slayton commuted Frank’s death sentence to life in prison. That night, an angry mob of 30 men, calling themselves the “Knights of Mary Phagan” kidnapped Franks from the prison, and lynched him. This incident lead to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization.
1969: Donnie Wahlberg- actor
1960: Sean Penn- actor
1958: Belinda Carlisle- lead singer, Go-Gos
1943: Robert De Niro- actor
1914: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., – politician, son of FDR
Notable People Lost:
1992: Tommy Nutter- fashion designer, bell bottom pants
1988: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., – politician, son of FDR died on his 74th birthday
1983: Ira Gershwin- lyricist
1979: Vivian Vance- actress, Ethel on I Love Lucy
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
National Thrift Shop Day
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