(Saturday, August 17, 1963) — “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Peter, Paul and Mary peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. Continue reading ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ by Peter, Paul and Mary peaks at #2 in USA 50 years ago today (1963)
(Saturday, August 17, 1963) — “Judy’s Turn to Cry” by Lesley Gore peaked at #5 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
Video: 'The World At War: Morning 1/5' (Aug. 17-24, 1943, at 3:17)
(Tuesday, August 17, 1943,; during World War II) — The First Quebec Conference (codenamed “QUADRANT”), a highly secret military conference between the British, Canadian and United States governments, began today in Quebec City, Canada.
Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt (hosted by Canada’s prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King) would agree to begin discussions for the planning of the invasion of France and an increase in the bombing offensive against Germany.
There were also discussions about improving the coordination of efforts to develop an atomic bomb.
Video: 'Allied invasion of Sicily' (Aug. 17, 1943, at 40:40)
(Tuesday, August 17, 1943, 10:00 a.m. local time; during the Allied invasion of Sicily, part of the Italian Campaign of World War II) — The US 7th Army, commanded by General George S. Patton, entered Messina this morning, completing the Allied invasion of Sicily and beating the British 8th Army, led by General Bernard Montgomery, to it. Continue reading Yanks pour into Messina, completing conquest of Sicily 70 years ago this hour (1943)