Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

Article excerpt

TODAY is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2009. There are 136 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1896 - Prospecting party led by George Carmack discovers gold on Rabbit Creek in Alaska, a find that touched off the Klondike gold rush.

* 1950 - The Republic of Indonesia is restored.

* 1962 - East German border guards shoot and mortally wound 18-year-old Peter Fechter, who had attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.

* 1980 - Baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from Ayers Rock campsite in central Australia.

* 1982 - The first CDs begin rolling off an assembly line in Hanover, Germany.

* 1987 - Former Nazi deputy fuehrer Rudolf Hess dies at 93.

* 1988 - Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq and US Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed when their Pakistani military plane explodes.

* 1991 - Wade Frankum runs amok with automatic rifle and knife at Strathfield in Sydney, killing seven people and himself.

* 1997 - Reporters sweep the Aegean Sea to find Britain's Princess Diana, who jetted to Greece for a cruise after a furore erupts over reports of an affair with millionaire Dodi Fayed. …

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