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On this day: August 17

Published On: Aug 16 2012 10:14:39 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 17 2012 01:00:00 AM CDT

Davy Crockett is born, George Orwell publishes his classic novel, the Berlin Wall claims its first victim, Bill Clinton admits to an "improper physical relationship," and Michael Phelps sets a new Olympic mark, all on this day.

OTD August 17 - David Crockett
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1786: Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier, is born in Greene County, Tenn., (then the state of Franklin).

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