August 17th- This Day In History

August 17 is the 229th day of the year. There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

+ 1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

+ 1863 – American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.

+ 1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.

+ 1969 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.

( Births )

+ 1786 – Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician (d. 1836)

+ 1893 – Mae West, American actress, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1980)

+ 1960 – Sean Penn, American actor, director, and political activist

+ 1963 – Jon Gruden, American football player, coach, and sportscaster

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