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 - Christian Laettner
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Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com

1969: Christian Laettner, who starred on the Duke Blue Devils' 1991 and 1992 NCAA National Championship teams, is born in Angola, New York. He was named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1991 and won many awards in 1992, including the Naismith College Player of the Year, the John R. Wooden Award and the AP College Player of the Year. He was also the only college player selected for the 1992 "Dream Team" that won Olympic gold and played in the NBA for 13 seasons. In 2010, he was inducted as an individual into the College Basketball Hall of Fame and as a member of the "Dream Team" into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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