Today in History for 17th August 2021

Historical Events

1544 – Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France
1939 – “The Wizard of Oz” opens at Loews Capitol Theatre in NY
1944 – 4th Canadian Armoured division occupiers Trun, Normandy
1982 – First Compact Discs (CDs) released to the public in Germany
2014 – LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Monroe GC: Defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea beats runner-up Brittany Lincicome on 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff for her 5th major title
2015 – World’s first flower could be underwater plant Montsechia Vidalii claim US botanists (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

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Famous Birthdays

1885 – Kurt Hiller, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
1890 – Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
1936 – Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)
1953 – Judith Regan, American book publisher, born in Massachusetts
1964 – Colin James, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Regina, Saskatchewan
1966 – Zefross Moss, American NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Famous Deaths

1553 – Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1504-53), dies at 66
1676 – Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, German writer (Simplicius Simplicissimus), dies
1834 – Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general, dies at 31
1973 – Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations – Cloud Nine), commits suicide at 32
1992 – Andre de Villiers, South African farmer and ANC informant, murdered at 42
1993 – Robert C Maynard, American journalist (Oakland Tribune), dies at 56

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