Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on August 17 throughout history. The 229th day of the Gregorian calendar is August 17. On this day in 1907, Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market debuted, George Orwell’s famous Animal Farm was published for the first time, and Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic game.
Leo is the zodiac sign for August 17th. Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Mae West all had famous birthdays. The Gold Cup Parade and National Black Cat Appreciation Day are both on August 17th.
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