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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 - 1915 Galveston hurricane
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The University of Houston Digital Library

1915: A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas, with winds at 135 miles per hour, leaving 275 to 400 people dead and $50 million in damages.

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