17th August

Events

Catalonia carnage: 14 dead, 120+ injured as police manhunt ongoing Live updates2017 Catalonia carnage: 14 dead, 120+ injured as police manhunt ongoing Live updates

2016 3 soldiers killed as coast guard boat capsizes in Bosporus after crashing into cargo carrier

2016 Cessna-model aircraft crashes in northwestern Turkey's province of Tekirdağ. Two dead

 Reports of explosions and gunfire in anti-terror raid in St. Petersburg. 4 persons killed2016 Reports of explosions and gunfire in anti-terror raid in St. Petersburg. 4 persons killed

2 men armed with axes, guns attack police station near Moscow, 2 officers injured, one killed2016 2 men armed with axes, guns attack police station near Moscow, 2 officers injured, one killed

Huge explosion rocks central Bangkok - casualties reported2015 Huge explosion rocks central Bangkok - casualties reported

2014 2 killed, residents evacuated after freight trains collide in Arkansas

2009 An accident at the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area

Two explosives placed at the downtown Riga shopping center Centrs2000 Two explosives placed at the downtown Riga shopping center Centrs

 Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky1988 Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky

The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole1977 The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole

Seventeen Moments of Spring1973 Seventeen Moments of Spring

Rice/Poindexter case1970 Rice/Poindexter case

Soviet  Venera program: Venera 7 launched1970 Soviet Venera program: Venera 7 launched

The Beatles began a 3 month engagement at The Indra Club in Hamburg. Their time in Germany transformed their music1960 The Beatles began a 3 month engagement at The Indra Club in Hamburg. Their time in Germany transformed their music

1958 Pioneer 0, America's first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country

1950 Korean War. Hill 303 massacre: American POWs are shot to death by the North Korean Army

1943 World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins

1943 World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany's V-weapon program

USSR. Communist genocides against non-russians in USSR. Romanian  operation. Executed (shot) 5439 Romanians1937 USSR. Communist genocides against non-russians in USSR. Romanian operation. Executed (shot) 5439 Romanians

1918 Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated

Thule Society1918 Thule Society

The Pulitzer Prize1903 The Pulitzer Prize

 First victim of a motor accident1896 First victim of a motor accident

1862 American Indian Wars: The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River

1740 Pope Benedict XIV, previously known as Prospero Lambertini succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope

1717 Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18: The month-long Siege of Belgrade ends with Prince Eugene of Savoy's Austrian troops capturing the city from the Ottoman Empire

1611 Gaspar de Borja y Velasco is made a cardinal by Pope Paul V

1585 Eighty Years' War: Siege of Antwerp: Antwerp is captured by Spanish forces under Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma

1560 The Roman Catholic Church is overthrown and Protestantism is established as the national religion in Scotland

Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the cardinalate. On the same day, the French King Louis XII names him Duke of Valentinois1498 Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the cardinalate. On the same day, the French King Louis XII names him Duke of Valentinois

Born

Muslim  Magomayev1942 Muslim Magomayev (66 years old)

Maria Jędrzejewska1880 Maria Jędrzejewska (87 years old)

Līna Birziņa1910 Līna Birziņa (96 years old)

Hannes Hulko1907 Hannes Hulko

Jan Kapusta1909 Jan Kapusta (87 years old)

Died

Анатолий Гужвин2004 Анатолий Гужвин (58 years old)

Aleksandrs Kārlis Būmanis1937 Aleksandrs Kārlis Būmanis (55 years old)

Augusts Šteinbergs1979 Augusts Šteinbergs (76 years old)

Zofia Legwant2018 Zofia Legwant

Augusts Ozols1980 Augusts Ozols (72 years old)