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A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Riches and power are but gifts of blind fate, whereas goodness is the result of one's own merits. -- French nun/scholar Héloïse

Other Notable Events for August 17

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On this date in history:

In 1807, Robert Fulton began the first American steamboat trip between Albany, N.Y., and New York City.

In 1915, a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, killing 275 people.

In 1946, George Orwell publishes Animal Farm.

In 1969, the Woodstock music festival ended after three days ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 17

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Those born on this date include:

- French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1601
- frontiersman Davy Crockett in 1786
- movie producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1882
- actor Mae West in 1893
- Watergate figure W. Mark Felt, known as Deep Throat, in 1913
- actor Maureen O'Hara in 1920
- U.S. spy plane aviator...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2019 with 136 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

Early steamboat

This Day in History, August 17

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On August 17th, 1807, the world's first commercial steamboat service was inaugurated by Robert Fulton.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -- Maya Angelou

Other Notable Events for August 16

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On this date in history:

In 1812, British forces foiled plans for a U.S. invasion of Canada by capturing the city of Detroit.

In 1896, the North Country gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory.

In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York of cancer at ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 16

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Those born on this date include:

- French physicist Gabriel Lippmann, inventor of color photography, in 1845
- British soldier/writer T.E. Lawrence in 1888
- former Israeli Prime Minister/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Menachem Begin in 1913
- actor Ann Blyth in 1928 (age 91)
- football Hall of Fame member/sports ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019 with 137 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

Klondike region

This Day in History, August 16

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On August 16th, 1896, gold was discovered in the Klondike.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit. -- Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott

Other Notable Events for August 15

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On this date in history:

In 1914, a U.S. ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, officially opening the Panama Canal.

In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and pilot Wiley Post were killed when their plane crashed in Alaska.

In 1947, India gains independence from Britain after 200 years of rule. The Indian ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 15

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Those born on this date include:

- French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1769
- Scottish novelist Walter Scott in 1771
- U.S. first lady Florence Harding in 1860
- British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in 1875
- actor Ethel Barrymore in 1879
- chef Julia Child in 1912
- conservative activist ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2019 with 138 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

Panama City

This Day in History, August 15

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On August 15th, 1519, Panama City was founded.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Eventually it comes to you: the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. -- playwright Lorraine Hansberry

Other Notable Events for August 14

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On this date in history:

In 1784, Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founded the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska on Kodiak Island.

In 1900, about 2,000 U.S. Marines joined with European forces to capture Beijing, ending the Boxer Rebellion against the Western presence in China.

In 1935, the U.S...Read more

Notable Birthdays for August 14

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Those born on this date include:

- Pope Pius VII in 1742
- American West figure Doc Holliday in 1851
- writer Ernest Thayer in 1863
- writer Russell Baker in 1925
- baseball Hall of Fame member Earl Weaver in 1930
- musician David Crosby in 1941 (age 78)
- comedian Steve Martin in 1945 (age 74)
...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2019 with 139 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

Cologne Cathedral

This Day in History, August 14

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On August 14th, 1808, the Cologne Cathedral in Germany was completed.

 

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