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 This day in History - August 17
413 Historic Events for August 17
1876

Eric Drummond, 1st Secretary-General of League of Nations (1919-33)

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1876

Henri G Winkelman, Dutch general/supreme commander/navy 1940

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1876

Opera "G”tterd„mmerung" premieres in Bayreuth

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1877

Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos

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1877

Phobos (Martian satellite) discovered (A Hall)

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1878

Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian bat, century on debut 1902)

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1878

Richard Upjohn, US architect, died

Death
1879

Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company

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1880

Ole Bull, composer, dies at 70

Death
1880

Leo Ascher, composer

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1880

Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great S African batsman-keeper-captain)

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1882

Samuel Goldwyn, [Goldfish], movie producer (MGM)

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1885

Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife and society)

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1885

Kurt Hiller, writer

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1887

Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)

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1887

Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74

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1887

Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US blacks

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1888

James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies

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1888

Monty Wooley, NYC, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner)

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1889

Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42

Death
1890

Harry L Hopkins, US politician (Loan and Lease law)

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1891

1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People's Bath)

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1891

Electric self-starter for automobile patented

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1892

Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Duple Alliance

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1892

Mae West, Bkln, actress (Go Up and See Her Sometime, Klondike Annie)

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