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August 17 in History

Update: August, 17/2012 - 08:55

 

1945

Soekarno claims independence for Indonesia from the Netherlands by setting up the Provisional Indonesian Republic Government.

1950

The Republic of Indonesia is restored.

1964

Tens of thousands demonstrate in Sai Gon, demanding the resignation of Nguyen Khanh, who, supported by the US, proclaimed himself president and prime minister after a coup d'etat. The demonstrators also protested against US intervention in South Viet Nam.

1966

Vietnamese liberation forces attack a US motorised regiment in Da Nang, inflicting over 500 casualties, destroying 110 vehicles and burning 4 million litres of petrol.

1972

Vietnamese liberation forces overrun a major US-Sai Gon base at Que Son, Quang Nam Province, destroying two regiments, 200 aircraft and 60 military vehicles.

1976

A severe earthquake shakes the Philippines island of Mindanao, leaving about 8,000 people dead.

1987

Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess is found dead in his cell in Spandau Prison, after hanging himself with an electric cord.

1999

A violent earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale strikes the western Turkish city of Izmir, 90km southeast of Istanbul, killing at least 17,118 people.

2004

Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a leader of a paramilitary group in Haiti, is acquitted of killing some 3,000 people.

2011

Dozens of opposition fighters surround Libya's last functioning oil refinery and lay siege to about 100 government troops, part of a push which brought them closer to seizing the strategic western city of Zawiya. — REUTERS/AP

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