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 - Ira Gershwin
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1983: Ira Gershwin, the lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century, dies at age 86 in Beverly Hills, California. He wrote songs such as "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" with his brother as part Broadway shows. He also collaborated on his brother's opera "Porgy and Bess."

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