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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

On Aug. 17, 2017, a series of terror attacks in Barcelona, Spain, killing 16 people.

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People pay respect at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims on Barcelona on August 19, 2017, two days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 14 persons and injuring over 100. Another two victims died in later attacks. File Photo by Angel Garcia/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/5eb9b394112d94c4fb3f9c069b248501/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
People pay respect at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims on Barcelona on August 19, 2017, two days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 14 persons and injuring over 100. Another two victims died in later attacks. File Photo by Angel Garcia/UPI | License Photo

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2022 with 136 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1601; frontiersman Davy Crockett in 1786; movie producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1882; actor Mae West in 1893; Watergate figure W. Mark Felt, known as "Deep Throat," in 1913; actor Maureen O'Hara in 1920; U.S. spy plane aviator Francis Gary Powers in 1929; British poet laureate Ted Hughes in 1930; Nobel literature laureate V.S. Naipaul in 1932; actor Robert De Niro in 1943 (age 79); filmmaker Julian Fellowes in 1949 (age 73); pop singer Belinda Carlisle in 1958 (age 64); novelist Jonathan Franzen in 1959 (age 63); investigative journalist Eric Schlosser in 1959 (age 63); actor Sean Penn in 1960 (age 62); television commentator/former football coach Jon Gruden in 1963 (age 59); actor Helen McCrory in 1968; actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg in 1969 (age 53); tennis Hall of Fame member Jim Courier in 1970 (age 52); television host Giuliana Rancic in 1974 (age 48); actor Mark Salling in 1982; actor Austin Butler in 1991 (age 31); former WWE wrestler Paige, born Saraya-Jade Bevis, in 1992 (age 30); actor Taissa Farmiga in 1994 (age 28); musician Phoebe Bridgers in 1994 (age 28); rapper The Kid Laroi, born Charlton Howard, in 2003 (age 19).

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On this date in history:

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In 1807, Robert Fulton began the first American steamboat trip between Albany, N.Y., and New York City.

In 1915, a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, killing 275 people.

In 1946, George Orwell publishes Animal Farm.

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In 1969, the Woodstock music festival ended after three days on a 600-acre farm in Bethel, N.Y.

In 1978, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by balloon, landing their helium-filled Double Eagle II near Paris.

In 1987, Rudolf Hess, Hitler's former deputy, was found strangled in Berlin's Spandau Prison. He was 93.

In 1996, the Reform Party nominated Texas businessman Ross Perot for president.

In 1998, addressing the American people, U.S. President Bill Clinton said he had a relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that was "not appropriate."

In 1999, an earthquake in a densely populated region of northwestern Turkey killed at least 17,000 people and injured about 40,000.

In 2001, Ford Motor Co. announced it would dismiss up to 5,000 of its salaried employees -- 10 percent of its managers and engineers.

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In 2008, Iran reported it had tested a new rocket capable of carrying a satellite into orbit.

In 2017, a man drove a van into a group of pedestrians in Barcelona, Spain, killing 14 people and injuring another 130 people. The driver killed a 15th person in a carjacking while fleeing the scene. In a related attack hours later, a group of terrorists drove into more civilians, killing a 16th person. All told, eight attackers were also killed.

In 2019, an explosion at a Kabul, Afghanistan, wedding hall killed at least 63 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.


A thought for the day: "The key is not to rule others but to reign over yourself." -- American rapper/actor Queen Latifah

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