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On 17 August 1988

President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash..

Birthdate of Natalie Sandtorv, Norwegian singer-songwriter; Jihadi John, Kuwaiti-British member of ISIS (d. 2015); and Erika Toda, Japanese actress.

Death of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (b. 1924); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1914); and Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (b. 1935).

100th anniversary

Birthdate of Monty Woolley, American actor, raconteur, and pundit (d. 1963).

50th anniversary

Birthdate of Theodoros Pangalos, Greek lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece.

25th anniversary

Birthdate of Jon Gruden, American football player, coach, and sportscaster.

10th anniversary

Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine..

5th anniversary

Birthdate of Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player.

Death of Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (b. 1896).

4th anniversary

Birthdate of Dee Brown, American basketball player; Oksana Domnina, Russian ice dancer; and Garrett Wolfe, American football player.

3rd anniversary

Birthdate of Yu Aoi, Japanese actress and model.

2nd anniversary

Birthdate of Rudy Gay, American basketball player; and Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player.

1st anniversary

Death of Gary Chester, Italian drummer and educator (b. 1924); Rudolf Hess, German soldier and politician (b. 1894); and Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor and screenwriter (b. 1929).

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