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On This Day - August 17, A Shot of History

Get On This Day delivered free to your inbox: 1960 – Sean Penn is born. 1978 – Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands near Paris, France, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. 1977 – The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole. 1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France. Produced by Anne-Sophie Goninet

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