On this day: August 17

Published On: Aug 16 2012 10:14:39 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 17 2015 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.

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2008: American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games when he and his teammates win the 4×100-meter medley relay in Beijing. He broke Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals, which had stood since 1972.


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