August 17

This Day in History

1999

Earthquake Strikes Turkey

Just after 3 a.m., an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale strikes northwestern Turkey, home to one-third of the country’s population and half its industry. The epicenter of the earthquake … (more...)

1980

Baby Abducted by Wild Dingo

On 12 June 2012, one of the most notorious mysteries, and one of the most sensational criminal trials, in Australian history came to an end. The fourth coronial inquest into the disappearance of … (more...)

1908

First Cartoon Shown in Paris

On this day in 1908, French caricaturist, cartoonist, and animator Emile Cohl's Fantasmagorie, the world's first animated cartoon, was shown in Paris. Born in France to working class parents who … (more...)

1896

Bridget Driscoll: First Car Accident Fatality in the United Kingdom

Bridget Driscoll was the first car accident fatality in the United Kingdom, when she was knocked down and killed while crossing the road near London’s Crystal Pace on 17 August 1896. The dangers of … (more...)