Today in History: 17th August


Historical Events:

• 1858: First bank in Hawaii opens.
• 1887: Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born Black nationalist who advocated the departure of African-Americans back to Africa, is born.
• 1969: Dr. Philip Blaiberg dies in South Africa, 19 months and 15 days after receiving a heart transplant, a survival record at the time.
• 1982: Ruth First, journalist, academic and anti-apartheid activist, is assassinated in Maputo when opening a letter bomb addressed to her husband, Joe Slovo.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1939: "Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew’s Capitol Theater in New York.
• 1990: "Exorcist 3" premieres.
• 1946: George Orwell publishes "Animal Farm" in the United Kingdom.
• 1950: Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46).


• 1869: First international boat race (Thames River, Oxford beats Harvard).
• 1987: Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine’s Boxing Hall of Fame.
• 1945: Pater Bleijs, [Louis], resistance fighter, dies in car accident.
• 1977: Thierry Henry, French footballer is born.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba