Right now is Tuesday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2021. There are 136 days remaining in the calendar year.

On August 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose demise sentence for the murder of 13-year-previous Mary Phagan experienced been commuted to existence imprisonment. (Frank, who’d managed his innocence, was pardoned by the condition of Georgia in 1986.)

In 1863, federal batteries and ships started bombarding Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor through the Civil War, but the Confederates managed to hold on inspite of various times of pounding.

In 1942, all through Planet War II, U.S. 8th Air Power bombers attacked German forces in Rouen, France. U.S. Marines raided a Japanese seaplane foundation on Makin Island.

In 1964, Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa was sentenced in Chicago to five a long time in federal prison for defrauding his union’s pension fund. (Hoffa was produced in 1971 just after President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence for this conviction and jury tampering.)

In 1978, the 1st effective trans-Atlantic balloon flight finished as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outdoors Paris.

In 1982, the initially commercially developed compact discs, a recording of ABBA’s “The Site visitors,” ended up pressed at a Philips manufacturing facility in the vicinity of Hanover, West Germany.

In 1983, lyricist Ira Gershwin died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 86.

In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the very last member of Adolf Hitler’s internal circle, died at Spandau Jail at age 93, an evident suicide.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton gave grand jury testimony by way of closed-circuit tv from the White Household regarding his romance with Monica Lewinsky he then shipped a Tv set handle in which he denied beforehand committing perjury, admitted his romance with Lewinsky was “wrong,” and criticized Kenneth Starr’s investigation.

In 1999, a lot more than 17,000 people ended up killed when a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Turkey.

In 2017, a van plowed by way of pedestrians together a packed promenade in the Spanish metropolis of Barcelona, killing 13 men and women and injuring 120. (A 14th target died later from accidents.) 

Ten many years ago: Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Beijing to satisfy with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

Five decades in the past: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump introduced a shake-up of his campaign management, naming Steve Bannon of the conservative Breitbart News web-site as chief executive officer and advertising and marketing pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign supervisor. 

A single yr in the past: As Democrats opened their digital nationwide convention, Michelle Obama sent a passionate condemnation of President Donald Trump, saying he was “clearly in around his head.” Texas joined New York, New Jersey and California as states with at the very least 10,000 verified coronavirus fatalities about 80 p.c of the Texas fatalities were being documented considering that June 1, following the condition embarked on a single of the swiftest reopenings in the country.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Belinda Carlisle is 63. Author Jonathan Franzen is 62. Actor Sean Penn is 61. Jazz musician Everette Harp is 60. Rock musician Gilby Clarke is 59. Singer Maria McKee is 57. Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 56. Rock musician Jill Cunniff (kuh-NIHF’) is 55. Actor David Conrad is 54. Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 52.