Today In History

SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 1997

In 1807: The Clermont, a small steamboat designed by Robert Fulton, made the first trip with passengers from New York City to Albany.

In 1863: Federal batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., harbor during the Civil War.

In 1893: Actress Mae West was born in Brooklyn. In 1935 she was considered the highest paid woman in the country, earning $481,000.

In 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded near Bethel, N.Y.

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