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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 - Peter Fechter
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1962: East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin, making him one of the first victims of the wall.

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