On This Day — August 17th
August 17th is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of the year.
1424 – Hundred Years’ War: The allied English–Burgundian force gained a strategically important victory in the bloody Battle of Verneuil in Normandy, France.
1560 – The Scottish Parliament approved a Protestant confession of faith to initiate the Scottish Reformation and disestablish Catholicism as the national religion.
1916 – World War I: Romania signed a secret treaty with the Entente Powers to enter the war in return for territorial considerations.
1945 – Animal Farm, George Orwell’s satirical allegory of Soviet totalitarianism, was first published.
2008 – Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal of the Beijing Summer Olympics, setting the record for the most golds won by an individual in a single games.
Robert De Niro turns 75
Sean Penn turns 58
Helen McCrory turns 50
Thierry Henry turns 41
Taissa Farmiga turns 24