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Today in history, August 17.

All of the events below took place on the same day of the month, August 17.

1786: Pioneer, soldier and politician Davy Crockett is born in Greene County, North Carolina.

1943: Actor Robert De Niro is born in Manhattan, New York.

1973: The Mets' Willie Mays hits his 660th and final career home run. It comes off Don Gullett of the Reds as Cincinnati beats New York, 2-1.

1978: The three man crew aboard the Double Eagle II becomes the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon.

1979: Actress Vivian Vance dies in Belvedere, California at age 70.

1982: The first compact discs are released to the public in Germany.

1998: President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony to an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

2008: American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.

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