The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History

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1896 A prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a finding that touched off the Klondike gold rush.

1962 East German border guards shot and mortally wounded 18-year-old Peter Fechter, who had attempted to cross over the Berlin Wall into the western sector.

1998 President Bill Clinton underwent grand jury questioning in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

1998 Russia devalued the ruble.

2008 Michael Phelps and three teammates won the 400-meter medley relay for Phelps’ record-breaking eighth gold medal at the Beijing Olympics

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~ by thehalobender on August 17, 2009.

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