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.