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This Day in History for August 17 – Clinton Admits Affair and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat begins its trip up the Hudson River to Albany, New York, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world (More info)

1962 – East German border guards spur riots when they kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin (More info)

1982 – The first compact discs, aka CDs, are released to the public in Germany (More info)

1998 – President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (More info)

2005 – Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in Bangladesh (More info)

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