On this day: August 17

POSTED: 08:14 PM PDT Aug 16, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 16, 2016 

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 - Vivian Vance
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1979: Actress Vivian Vance, best known for her role as Ethel Mertz on the sitcom "I Love Lucy" and as Vivian Bagley on "The Lucy Show," dies of breast cancer and bone cancer at age 70 in Belvedere, California.


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