August 17: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History


Happy Birthday! (August 17, 1629)
John III Sobieski, Polish–Lithuanian king. photo source:


(August 17, 1945)
Indonesia Independence Day. photo source:

(August 17, 2008)
Michael Phelps, an American swimmer, helped his team win the 4 x 100-meter medley relay at the Beijing Olympics, becoming the first athlete to earn eight medals in a single Games.

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