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August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

Up to 1900

1901 – 2000

From 2001

  • 2002 – The water levels of the River Elbe reach their highest-recorded level. The city of Dresden is among the places flooded.
  • 2004 – New state symbols are adopted by Serbia.
  • 2005 – The first forced evacuation of settlers as part of the Israeli unilateral disengagement plan begins.
  • 2005 – Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at around 300 locations in 63 out of 64 districts in Bangladesh.
  • 2008Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win 8 individual gold medals at a single Olympic Games.
  • 2009 – An accident occurs at the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam in Khakassia, Russia, killing 75 people and shutting down the hydroelectric power station.
  • 2015 – A bomb explodes at the Ratchaprasong Intersection near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killing 23 people and injuring over 100.
  • 2017 – 2017 Barcelona attack: A vehicle is driven at people on the street Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, killing 13 people.
  • 2019 – A bomb attack on a wedding party in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills at least 63 people and wounds 180.

Births

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Deaths

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