Today in history – August 17

1585 – The first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.

1807 – Robert Fulton began the first American steamboat trip between Albany, N.Y., and New York City.

1915 – A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing 275 people.

1946 – Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published.

1969 – Category 5 hurricane CAmille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.

1988 – President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinski; later that same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.