August 17- On This Day.

August 17- On This Day.

This day in history.



What Happened Today in History

Historical Events

1590 Governor of Roanoke Island colony, John White, returns from England to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]

1903 Joe Pulitzer donates $1 million to Columbia University & begins the Pulitzer Prizes in America

1945 Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declare Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) independent from the Netherlands

1945 Korea is divided into North and South Korea along the 38th parallel

1947 The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed

1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony he had an "improper physical relationship" with the intern and on the same day admits before the nation he "misled people" about the relationship

Historical Events Today

Today in Film & TV

1979 "Monty Python's Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman, Mickael Palin, & John Cleese, premieres in US theaters

Today in Music

1876 Richard Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth

Today in Sport

1933 MLB player Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

Did You Know?

Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl

Today in History in 1908

Would You Believe?

Baseball player Richie Ashburn fouls and hits fan Alice Roth twice in the same game at bat playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, 1st hit breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher

Today in History in 1957

August 17- On This Day.