The Greek playwright Aeschylus mentions this battle in his tombstone inscription.

  • Herculaneum
  • Marathon
  • Platea
  • Salamis

Today in History: Born on August 17

1786

Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and politician who died in the defense of the Alamo.

1882

Samuel Goldwyn, American movie mogul who helped start MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer).

1887

Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born black nationalist who advocated the departure of African-Americans back to Africa.

1890

Harry Hopkins, who organized the Works Projects Administration under President Franklin Roosevelt.

1892

Mae West, American actress in burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and movies.

1923

Larry Rovers, painter and sculptor.

1932

John (Red) Kerr, basketball coach.

1943

Robert DeNiro, American actor, won Oscars for his roles in The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.

1944

Lawrence Joseph Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation.

1953

Judith Regan, controversial book publisher, editor, talk show host.

1960

Sean Penn, actor, screenwriter, director, political and social activist (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mystic River).

1965

Robert Manry, copy editor of Cleveland Plain Dealer who sailed solo in a sailboat from Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Falmouth, Cornwall, England.