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On this day: August 17

POSTED: 08:14 PM PDT Aug 16, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 16, 2012 

Davy Crockett is born, George Orwell publishes his classic novel, the Berlin Wall claims its first victim, Bill Clinton admits to an "improper physical relationship," and Michael Phelps sets a new Olympic mark, all on this day.

OTD August 17 - Sean Penn
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1960: Actor and film director Sean Penn, best known for movies such as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Mystic River," "Milk" and "Dead Man Walking," is born in Los Angeles County, Calif. Penn won Best Actor Oscars for "Mystic River" and "Milk" and has been nominated another three times.

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