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Today in History
Thursday, August 17

2008Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
2005The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
2004The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
1999A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes ─░zmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
1998Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.
1988Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
1982The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
1980Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
1979Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156
1978''Double Eagle II'' becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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