17 August It Happened Today
1786 Birth of American frontiersman Davy Crockett.
1892 Birth of American actress Mae West.
1896 The first pedestrian to be killed by a car is knocked down in Croydon, England.
1943 Birth of American actor Robert De Niro.
1983 Death of American songwriter Ira Gershwin.
1987 Death of deputy leader of the Nazi party, Rudolf Hess.