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This Day In History, August 17

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Here are some notable events that occurred on this day throughout history.

In 1915 a disastrous category-4 hurricane hit Galveston, Texas killing 275 people.

In 1939 "Wizard of Oz" opened at Loew's Capitol Theater in New York City.

In 1943 world-class actor Robert DeNiro was born in Manhattan, NY.

In 1945, legendary science fiction author George Orwell published “Animal Farm”.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival, “Three days of Peace and Music”, came to a close.

In 1978 the Double Eagle II and its three pilots completed the first ever transatlantic flight via balloon, from Preque Isle, Maine to a barley field near Paris. The trip took approximately 137 hours.

In 1998, former President Bill Clinton admitted to having an “improper relationship” with Monica Lewinsky.

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