On This Day..... July 17

 

JULY 17TH

  • TODAY IS WORLD EMOJI DAY
  • TODAY IS TATTOO DAY
 
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ELBRIDGE GERRY (1744-1814)
  • JOHN JACOB ASTOR (1763-1848)
 
  • JAMES CAGNEY (1899-1986)
  • PHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012)
 
  • VINCE GUARALDI (1928-1976)
  • DONALD SUTHERLAND (1935, 83)
 
  • DIAHANN CARROLL (1935, 83)
  • ELMED FUDD (1937, 81)
 
  • ALI HOSSEINI KHAMENEI (SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN) (1939, 79)
  • CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES (1947, 71)
 
  • DAVID HASSELHOFF (1952, 66)
  • ANGELA MERKEL (1954, 64)
 
  • ALEX WINTER (1965, 53)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 180, SIX PEOPLE ARE EXECUTED FOR BEING CHRISTIANS IN CARTHAGE, NORTH AFRICA, THE EARLIEST RECORDED MENTION OF CHRISTIANITY OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE
  • IN 1054, HOLY ROMAN EMPORER HENRY III NAMES HIS SON HENRY IV KING
  • IN 1505, MARTIN LUTHER ENTERS HIS AUGSTINIAN MONASTARY
  • IN 1585, THE ENGLISH SECRET SERVICE ARRESTS ANTHONY BABINGTON FOR HIS PLOT TO MURDER QUEEN ELIZABETH I
 
  • IN 1603, SIR WALTER RALEIGH IS ARRESTED BY KING JAMES I
  • IN 1717, GEORGE HANDEL PREMIERES “WATER MUSIC”
  • IN 1762, PETER III IS MURDERED AND CATHERINE II BECOMES TSAR OF RUSSIA
  • IN 1775, THE FIRST MILITARY HOSPITAL OPENS
  • IN 1790, ECONOMIST ADAM SMITH DIES AT 67
 
  • IN 1791, THE FRENCH NATIONAL GUARD OPENS FIRE ON REBELS KILLING 50 DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
  • IN 1821, THE U.S. TAKES OVER CONTROL OF FLORIDA FROM SPAIN
  • IN 1860, “THE GREAT TRAIN WRECK OF 1856” KILLS 60 PEOPLE IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • IN 1861, CONGRESS AUTHORIZES PAPER MONEY
  • IN 1867, HARVARD OPENS THE FIRST DENTAL SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES, THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF DENTAL MEDICINE
 
  • IN 1897, THE FIRST SHIP FILLED ARRIVES IN SEATTLE FROM THE YUKON GOLD RUSH
  • IN 1898, SPAIN SURRENDERS THE U.S. IN CUBA DURING THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
  • IN 1902, THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES FORFEIT TO THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WHEN ONLY FIVE PLAYERS SHOW UP TO PLAY. AFTER THE GAME, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE TAKES THE FRANCHISE BACK FROM OWNERSHIP
  • IN 1903, THE RUSSIAN SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC WORKERS PARTY MEETS IN BRUSSELS AND LONDON AFTER BEING EXILED BY THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT
  • IN 1917, KING GEORGE V CHANGES THE NAME OF THE ROYAL FAMILY BY ROYAL DECREE FROM SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA TO WINDSOR TO AVOID ASSOCIATION WITH GERMANY
 
  • IN 1918, THE ROMANOV FAMILY, ROYAL FAMILY OF RUSSIA, IS EXECUTED IN SIBERIA BY A BOLSHEVIK FIRING SQUAD
  • IN 1924, FUTURE DR. BENJAMIN SPOCK WINS AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL FOR ROWING
  • IN 1936, SPANISH GENERALS UNDER FRANCO START THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1938, DOUGLAS “WRONG WAY” CORRIGAN TAKES OFF ON A FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK TO LOS ANGELES AND GOES THE WRONG WAY, LANDING IN IRELAND BY MISTAKE
 
  • IN 1941, JOE DIMAGGIO’S 56 GAME HITTING STREAK ENDS
  • IN 1945, THE POTSDAM CONFERENCE BEGINS BETWEEN TRUMAN, STALIN & CHURCHILL
  • IN 1948, THE ISRAELI ARMY CAPTURES THE CITY OF NAZARETH
  • IN 1948, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH KOREA PROCLAIMS ITS INDEPENDENCE AND RATIFIES ITS CONSTITUTION
  • IN 1948, AIR FORCE PILOT GAIL HALVORSEN AND THE “BERLIN CANDY BOMBERS” BEGIN “OPERATION LITTLE VITTLES” TO DROP CANDY FOR CHILDREN IN THE CITY OF BERLIN
 
  • IN 1954, THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS PLAY THE FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME IN WHICH THE MAJORITY OF ONE TEAM IS BLACK
  • IN 1954, 63 YEAR OLD GROUCHO MARX MARRIES 24 YEAR OLD EDEN HARTFORD
  • IN 1954, CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON DISNEYLAND
 
  • IN 1955, BEVERLY HANSON WINS THE FIRST EVER LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1955, THE GRAND OPENING OF DISNEYLAND IS TELEVISED IN ANAHEIM
  • IN 1959, ALFRED HITCHCOCK RELEASES “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”
 
  • IN 1959, BILLIE HOLIDAY DIES OF CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER AT 44
  • IN 1961, TY COBB DIES OF CANCER AT 74
  • IN 1962, THE SENATE FAILS TO PASS MEDICARE
  • IN 1965, JAMES BROWN RELEASES “PAPA’S GOT A BRAND BAG”
 
  • IN 1967, JAZZ LEGEND JOHN COLTRANE DIES OF CANCER AT 40
  • IN 1967, THE BEATLES RELEASE “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” & “BABY, YOU’RE A RICH MAN”
  • IN 1968, THE BEATLES RELEASE THE “YELLOW SUBMARINE” CARTOON IN LONDON
 
  • IN 1972, THE FIRST TWO WOMEN BEGIN FBI TRAINING AT QUANTICO
  • IN 1972, FRENCH SEPERATISTS EXPLODE A BOMB UNDER THE ROLLING STONES EQUIPMENT VAN AT A CONCERT IN MONTREAL
  • IN 1974, JOHN LENNON IS ORDERED TO LEAVE THE UNITED STATES WITHIN 60 DAYS
  • IN 1980, RONALD REAGAN FORMALLY ACCEPTS THE REP. NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT
 
  • IN 1981, THE LOBBY WALKWAY IN THE KANSAS CITY HYATT REGENCY COLLAPSES KILLING 114 PEOPLE AND INJURING OVER 200 PEOPLE
  • IN 1982, IRENE CARA GOES TO #1 WITH “FAME”
 
  • IN 1983, “CHIPS” AIRS ITS FINAL EPISODE
  • IN 1984, THE U.S. PASSES THE NATIONAL MINIMUM DRINKING AGE WHICH REQUIRES STATES TO SET DRINKING AT 21 OR LOSE FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDS
  • IN 1987, OZZY OSBOURNE BEGINS A 16 WEEK TOUR OF U.S. PRISONS
  • IN 1988, A TELEVISED 70TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA IS WATCHED BY FOUR BILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
 
  • IN 1989, PAUL MCCARTNEY RELEASES “THIS ONE”
  • IN 1990, SADDAM HUSSEIN MAKES HIS “REVELUTIONARY DAY SPEECH” IN WHICH HE ACCUSES KUWAIT OF STEALING IRAQI OIL
  • IN 1990, THE MINNESOTA TWINS ARE THE FIRST TEAM EVER TO EXECUTE TWO TRIPLE PLAYS IN ONE GAME, BUT STILL LOSE TO THE RED SOX 1-0
 
  • IN 1995, FORBES NAMES BILL GATES RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD AT $12.9 BILLION
  • IN 1996, TWA FLIGHT 800 CRASHES OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY KILLING 230 PEOPLE
  • IN 1998, RUSSIA FORMALLY BURIES TSAR NICHOLAS II AND THE ROMANOV FAMILY 80 YEARS AFTER THEIR DEATH
  • IN 1998, MARTIN CAMPBELL RELEASES ANTONIO BANDERAS’ “THE MASK OF ZORRO”
 
  • IN 1999, HELEN HUNT MARRIES HANK AZARIA
  • IN 2009, WALTER KRONKITE DIES AT 92
  • IN 2010, PAUL PIERCE MARRIES INTERIOR DESIGNER JULIE LANDRUM
  • IN 2013, BONO IS MADE A COMMANDER OF THE FRENCH ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS
 
  • IN 2014, MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17 IS SHOT DOWN OVER EAST UKRAINE BY A GROUND TO AIR MISSILE KILLING ALL 298 PEOPLE ON BOARD
  • IN 2014, ELAINE STRITCH DIES IN HER SLEEP AT 89
  • IN 2015, MARVEL RELEASES PAUL RUDD’S “ANT MAN”
  • IN 2017, THE MUPPETS FIRE THE VOICE OF KERMIT THE FROG FOR “UNACCEPTABLE BUSINESS CONDUCT”
 

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