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On this day: August 17

POSTED: 9:14 PM Aug 16 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 17 2012

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).