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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 - Mae West
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1893: Actress and writer Mae West, a sex symbol known for her bawdy double entendres whose entertainment career spanned seven decades, is born Mary Jane West in Bushwick, N.Y. Some of her most popular movies included "She Done Him Wrong," "I'm No Angel," "My Little Chickadee," "Klondike Annie" and "Go West, Young Man."

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