On This Day: August 17th
This is 230th day of the year and 136 days remain in the year.
18-year-old Peter Fechter was shot and killed by guards at the Berlin Wall, spurring riots.
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal, breaking the record set by Mark Spitz in the 1972 Games. Phelps also set the record for the most golds in a single Olympics.
August 17 BirthdaysPierre de Fermat1601–65, French mathematician.
Mae WestAmerican comedienne
Marcus Garveyblack nationalist leader
V. S. Naipaulauthor
Robert De Nirofilm actor
Sean Pennactor, producer, director