What Happened on August 17th

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August 17th, 2023

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On August 17th, 1969, the final day of Woodstock closed out with sets from artists like Jimi Hendrix. The three-day festival hosted more than 400,000 attendees, and featured 32 bands.

On August 17th 1991, Nirvana filmed the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” at GMT Studios in Culver City, CA. Costing less than $50,000, the video featured the band’s real fans in the audience.

On August 17th 2012, three members of the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison, after staging a performance in protest of President Vladimir Putin.

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