On August 17:
1786 Davy Crockett was born
1839 The New Zealand Company ship Tory arrived in New Zealand.
1893 Mae West was born.
1943 US actor Robert De Niro was born.
1944 Oracle Corporation CEO Larry Ellison was born.
1945 Indonesian indpendence was declared.
1959 Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the best selling jazz album yet, was released.
1982 the first compact discs were released to the public.
Sourced from Wikipedia & NZ History Online.