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8/17/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - August 17
Maureen O’Hara with John Wayne in McLintock!
(Public Domain Photo)
The famously red-headed O'Hara has been noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. Her autobiography, 'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and was a New York Times Bestseller. She passed away in 2015 and was one of the  actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Maureen O’Hara with 
John Wayne in McLintock!

(Public Domain Photo)

The famously red-headed O'Hara
has been noted for playing fiercely
passionate heroines with a highly
sensible attitude. She often worked
with director John Ford and longtime
friend John Wayne. Her autobiography,
'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and
was a New York Times Bestseller.
She passed away in 2015 and 
was one of the  actresses from 
the Golden Age of Hollywood.


Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1786 frontiersman, adventurer, and politician Davy Crockett was born in Greene County, Tennessee; in 1903 Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University and begins Pulitzer Prizes; and in 1921 Maureen O'Hara, Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, McLintock!) was born in Ranelagh, County Dublin.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1807 - Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
  • 1863 - Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC
  • 1903 - Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University & begins Pulitzer Prizes
  • 1933 - Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game
  • 1946 - George Orwell publishes "Animal Farm" in the United Kingdom
  • 1973 - Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)
  • 1998 - Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1786 - Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)
  • 1882 - Samuel Goldwyn, [Shmuel Gelbfisz], Warsaw Poland, Hollywood movie producer (MGM)
  • 1893 - Mae West, New York, film and stage actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), (d. 1980)
  • 1921 - Maureen O'Hara [Fitzsimmons], Ranelagh, County Dublin, Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man)
  • 1930 - Ted Hughes, Mytholmroyd Yorkshire, British Poet Laureate (1984-1998)
  • 1932 - Chet Allen, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
  • 1932 - V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)
  • 1943 - Robert De Niro, actor (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 - Belinda Carlisle, Hollywood Ca, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth)

Famous Weddings

  • 1498 - Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander IV, 1st man to resign the cardinalate marries Charlotte d'Albret of Navarre
  • 1950 - Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46)
  • 1962 - Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France
  • 1964 - Martial artist and actor Bruce Lee (23) weds teacher Linda Emery (19)
  • 1989 - Director Kathryn Bigelow (26) weds fellow director James Cameron (24)
  • 1996 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (72) weds Grace Marufu (31) at Kutama College in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe
  • 1997 - Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 - Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1979 - Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1981 - Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • 1982 - Barney Phillips, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies at 68
  • 1983 - Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • 1987 - Rudolph Hess, Nazi (46 years in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93
  • 1990 - Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72

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