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 This day in History - August 17
413 Historic Events for August 17
1920

Ray Chapman, hit in the head by Yanks' Carl Mays pitch, dies

Death
1920

In memory of Ray Chapman (died Aug 16), Yanks cancel game with Indians

Event
1920

Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Mass, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire)

Birth
1921

Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer

Birth
1921

Maureen O'Hara, [Fitzsimmons], Dublin, actress (Miracle on 34th St)

Birth
1922

Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)

Birth
1922

Paul Wiens, writer

Birth
1922

Ralph Roberts, Salisbury NC, actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days)

Birth
1923

Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], NYC, painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953)

Birth
1923

Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)

Birth
1924

French-German trade agreement signed

Event
1924

Tom Kendall, cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies

Death
1924

Pavel S "Paul" Urysohn, Russian mathematician, drowns at 26

Death
1924

Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian

Birth
1924

Evan S Connell, US writer

Birth
1924

John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst and Vliegwerk)

Birth
1924

Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist

Birth
1925

John Hawkes, US writer (2nd Skin)

Birth
1925

John Howard Purnell, scientist

Birth
1926

Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)

Birth
1926

Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed

Event
1926

Jean Poiret, French actor/writer (Le Dernier Metro)

Birth
1927

Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds)

Birth
1927

Horace Alderman, US, murderer, hanged

Death
1927

Robert Moore, Detroit Mich, actor (Marshall-Diana)

Birth