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  • Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1887

    Marcus Garvey

    Birth

    Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1887

    Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on 17 August 1887 in Saint Ann's Bay, a town in the Colony of Jamaica.




  • Petsamo, Finland (Now Russia)
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    Harald V

    Lefting For The United States

    Petsamo, Finland (Now Russia)
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    On 17 August the Crown Princess and her children left for the United States from Petsamo, Finland, aboard the United States Army transport ship American Legion.




  • Nassau, Bahamas
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    Edward VIII

    Arrived Nassau

    Nassau, Bahamas
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    They left Bermuda for Nassau on the Canadian steamship Lady Somers on 15 August, arriving two days later.




  • Virginia, U.S.
    Monday Aug 17, 1942

    Desmond Doss: Hacksaw Ridge

    Marriage

    Virginia, U.S.
    Monday Aug 17, 1942

    Doss married Dorothy Pauline Schutte on August 17, 1942, and they had one child, Desmond "Tommy" Doss Jr., born in 1946. Dorothy died on November 17, 1991, from a car accident. Doss remarried on July 1, 1993, to Frances May Duman.




  • U.S.
    Monday Aug 17, 1942

    Desmond Doss

    1st Marriage

    U.S.
    Monday Aug 17, 1942

    Doss married Dorothy Pauline Schutte on August 17, 1942.




  • Brazil
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1949

    Thanksgiving

    Brazil national Thanksgiving day

    Brazil
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1949

    In Brazil, National Thanksgiving Day was instituted by President Gaspar Dutra, through Law 781 of August 17, 1949, at the suggestion of Ambassador Joaquim Nabuco, who was enthusiastic about the commemorations he saw in 1909 in St. Patrick's Cathedral as an ambassador in Washington.




  • Hamburg, Germany
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1960

    The Beatles

    Moving to Hamburg

    Hamburg, Germany
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1960

    Allan Williams, the Beatles' unofficial manager, arranged a residency for them in Hamburg, but lacking a full-time drummer they auditioned and hired Pete Best in mid-August 1960. The band, now a five-piece, left four days later, contracted to club owner Bruno Koschmider for what would be a 3​1⁄2-month residency.


  • East Germany, Germany
    Thursday Aug 17, 1961

    Berlin Wall

    The First concrete elements

    East Germany, Germany
    Thursday Aug 17, 1961

    Later, the initial barrier was built up into the Wall proper, the first concrete elements and large blocks being put in place on 17 August.


  • France
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1994

    Zinedine Zidane

    International debut

    France
    Wednesday Aug 17, 1994

    He earned his first cap with France as a substitute in a friendly against the Czech Republic on 17 August 1994, which ended in a 2–2 draw after Zidane scored twice to help France erase a 2–0 deficit. After Eric Cantona was handed a year-long suspension in January 1995 for assaulting a fan, Zidane took over the playmaker position.


  • San Siro, Milan, Italy
    Thursday Aug 17, 1995

    Marco van Basten

    Retirement

    San Siro, Milan, Italy
    Thursday Aug 17, 1995

    Van Basten had been hopeful of playing for his country at the 1994 World Cup as well as for his club in the 1994–95 season after spending the whole 1993–94 season out of action (missing Milan's victory in the European Cup as well as their Serie A title glory), but his club ordered him not to take part in the World Cup amid fear of ruining his rehabilitation. Father Joop (1931-2014) proudly declared before he died that he had no regrets whatsoever of his son's shortened career because "Marco became a top, top player and fulfilled all my hopes and dreams". Joop himself was a semi professional in Holland in the 1950's but attended his son's every game at Ajax and Milan. Marco finally conceded defeat in his battle to recover on 17 August 1995, when he announced his retirement as a player after two whole years on sidelines.Van Basten made a farewell appearance to thank the Milan fans before a home game at the San Siro, with an emotional Milan coach Fabio Capello breaking down in tears.


  • Budapest, Hungary
    Wednesday Aug 17, 2005

    Lionel Messi

    International Team debut

    Budapest, Hungary
    Wednesday Aug 17, 2005

    On 17 August 2005, Messi had made his debut with Argentina against Hungary.


  • Beijing, China
    Sunday Aug 17, 2008

    Michael Phelps

    Olympic all time record

    Beijing, China
    Sunday Aug 17, 2008

    On August 17, Phelps won his eighth gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay, breaking Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games, which had stood since 1972.


  • Accra, Ghana
    Sunday Aug 17, 2008

    Vodafone

    The Completed Acquisition

    Accra, Ghana
    Sunday Aug 17, 2008

    On 17 August 2008, Vodafone succeeded to acquire 70% of Ghana Telecom.


  • Canada
    Monday Aug 17, 2009

    Rafael Nadal

    Outside the top 2

    Canada
    Monday Aug 17, 2009

    Toni Nadal confirmed that Nadal would return to play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. There, he lost in the quarterfinals to Juan Martín del Potro. With this loss, he relinquished the No. 2 spot to Andy Murray on 17 August 2009, ranking outside the top two for the first time since 25 July 2005.


  • Italy
    Wednesday Aug 17, 2011

    Ciro Immobile

    Pescara loan

    Italy
    Wednesday Aug 17, 2011

    On 17 August 2011, it was announced that Immobile would join Serie B club Pescara on a season-long loan from Juventus.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Friday Aug 17, 2012

    Garry Kasparov

    Kasparov was arrested and beaten outside of the Moscow court

    Moscow, Russia
    Friday Aug 17, 2012

    On 17 August 2012, Kasparov was arrested and beaten outside of the Moscow court while attending the verdict reading in the case involving the all-female punk band Pussy Riot.


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