Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar sheet for the 17th of August 2019:
33rd calendar week, 229th day of the year
136 days left until the end of the year
Astrological sign Leo
Nameday: Hyazinth, Jeanne, Jeron
2014 - The printed Brockhaus is no longer sold, reports the Bertelsmann subsidiary "wissenmedia". The lexicon should only be digital.
2009 - In the largest Russian hydroelectric power station on the Sajano-Shushensk Reservoir in Siberia, the turbine room collapses after an explosion. The accident officially costs 75 lives.
1999 - An earthquake in western Turkey near Istanbul kills more than 17,000 lives and wreaks havoc.
1979 - "The Life of Brian", a film by British comedy group Monty Python, is released in theaters. Religious groups storm the bible satire, and several countries impose performance bans.
1969 - Hurricane Camille rages across the US states of Mississippi and Louisiana at speeds of up to 280 kilometers per hour. 256 people die. The total damage is nearly nine billion dollars.
1959 - Miles Davis releases his album "Kind of Blue". It is still regarded as one of the most important jazz records ever.
1949 - Werner Otto founds Otto-Versand in Hamburg.
1884 - The Association of German Cyclists is founded in Leipzig.
1784 - In 1884, Emperor Joseph II legalizes in Austria the serving of "home-grown food, wine and fruit must at all times of the year", thereby creating the legal basis for the wine tavern.
1989 - Frederick Lau (30), German actor («Victoria»)
1969 - Donnie Wahlberg (50), American actor ("The Sixth Sense") and singer, member of the band "New Kids on the Block"
1964 - Jorginho (55), Brazilian footballer (Bayer Leverkusen 1989-92, Bayern Munich 1992-95)
1959 - Jonathan Franzen (60), American writer («The Corrections»)
1894 - Otto Suhr, German politician (SPD), mayor of Berlin 1955-1957, d. 1957
2014 - Wolfgang Leonhard, German historian and journalist («The Revolution dismisses their children»), lived in the Soviet Union from 1935 to 1945, born 1921
1969 - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect and designer, representative of the avant-garde, head of the Bauhaus in Dessau 1930-1932, emigration to the USA 1938, born. 1886