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* On Aug. 17, 1993, Random House agrees to pay Gen. Colin Powell an advance of about $6 million for the rights to his autobiography, “My American Journey.” Powell’s book became the fastest-selling book in Random House history.

* On Aug. 18, 1940, Walter Percy Chrysler, the founder of the American automotive corporation that bears his name, dies in New York. Chrysler was also known for financing the 77-story Art Deco Chrysler building skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. When completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world.

* On Aug. 19, 1812, the U.S. Nav...

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