Thursday 17 August 2017, 00:43:24
17 August 1427
: The first group of Romani gypsies visiting Paris is reported.
17 August 1560
: The Roman Catholic Church is overthrown and Protestantism is established as the national religion in Scotland.
17 August 1601
: Pierre de Fermat, Basque-French lawyer and mathematician, is born in Beaumont-de-Lomagne, his 15th century childhood home now housing a museum.
17 August 1807
: Robert Fulton's first American steamboat leaves New York for Albany on the Hudson River as the world's first commercial steamboat service.
17 August 1876
: The Wagner opera “Götterdämmerung” is premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus as part of the first complete performance of the Ring des Nibelungen opera series series.
17 August 1945
: Sukarno declares Indonesia's independence from Dutch colonial rule.
17 August 1959
: The all time best selling jazz record “Kind of Blue”
by Miles Davis is released in the Unites States.
17 August 1960
: The former colony Gabon gains independence from France.
Cars: horse power in hands of donkeys. ~ Karel Jonckheere, Flemish poet (1906-1993)