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