(Saturday, August 17, 1985) — “Never Surrender” by Corey Hart peaked at #3 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
(Saturday, August 17, 1985) — “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive peaked at #11 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Animal Farm Audio book'
(Friday, August 17, 1945) — The George Orwell novel Animal Farm, an allegorical satire of Soviet Communism, was first published today in London by Martin Secker & Warburg.
Video: 'Murder case, Leo Frank lynching live on'
(Tuesday, August 17, 1915, at around 7:00 a.m. local time) — A mob in Cobb County, Georgia, today lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the April 1913 murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment.
Frank, who’d maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.
Video: 'THE AMERICAN DREAM - MEAT PACKERS STRIKE OF 1985-1986 - Discovery History Food (full documentary)'
(Saturday, August 17, 1985, 12:01 a.m. CDT) — More than 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job today at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.’s main plant in Austin, Minnesota, in a bitter strike that would last just over a year.