17 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • John Jacob Astor, 1763
  • Earle Stanley Gardner, 1889
  • James Cagney, 1899
  • William Gargan, 1905
  • Hardy Amies, 1909
  • Art Linkletter, 1912
  • Phyllis Diller, 1917
  • Diahann Carroll, 1935
  • Donald Sutherland, 1935
  • Spencer Davis, 1942
  • Camilla Parker Bowles, 1947
  • Lucie Arnaz, 1951
  • David Hasselhoff, 1952
  • Nicolette Larson, 1952
  • Phoebe Snow, 1952
  • Angela Merkel, 1954

Died On This Day:

  • Czar Peter III murdered, 1762
  • Adam Smith, 1790
  • Charlotte Corday executed, 1793
  • James McNeill Whistler, 1903
  • Anastasia (daughter of Czar Nicholas II), 1918
  • Czar Nicholas II and family murdered, 1918
  • Billie Holiday, 1959
  • Ty Cobb, 1961
  • John Coltrane, 1967
  • Dizzy Dean, 1974
  • Katherine Graham, 2001
  • Sir Edward Heath, 2005
  • Walter Cronkite, 2009
  • Elaine Stritch, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 709 BC - First allusion to a solar eclipse written in China in Book 1 of Chun-chiu, first Chinese chronicle of history.
  • 1429 - French Dauphin crowned Charles VII in Rheims Cathedral, thanks to Joan of Arc driving English out of France.
  • 1453 - Victory of French over English at Battle of Castillon-le-Bataille, the final battle in 100 years war.
  • 1505 - Martin Luther overtaken by thunderstorm proclaims 'Help, St. Anne, and I'll become a monk.'
  • 1717 - As King George I sails on Thames, George Frideric Handel first performs his Water Music.
  • 1761 - First waterway in England - Bridgewater Canal - opens linking Worsley and Manchester.
  • 1762 - Catherine II (the Great) of Russia becomes Czar upon the murder of her father Peter III.
  • 1790 - Sixty years before Singer in America, Thomas Saint of London patents the first sewing machine.
  • 1810 - First Jewish non-orthodox religious service held by Israel Jacobson in his school in Seesen, Lower Saxony; reform/progressive Judiasm born.
  • 1821 - Spain cedes Florida to U.S.
  • 1841 - Punch humour magazine first published in UK; to publish continually for 150 years.
  • 1850 - First photograph taken of a star by astronomer George Phillips Bond.
  • 1902 - First air conditioning installed in Buffalo Forge Company by inventor Willis Haviland Carrier.
  • 1917 - Britain's royal family adopts the name 'Windsor' changing from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
  • 1918 - At Yekaterinburg, Siberia early in the a.m, Czar Nicholas II and family including Anastasia executed.
  • 1936 - Spanish Civil War begins.
  • 1938 - 'Wrong Way' Corrigan 'accidentally' flies monoplane to Ireland instead of California from N.Y.
  • 1941 - Cleveland Indians pitchers end Joe DiMaggio's record 56 consecutive game hitting streak.
  • 1945 - The Potsdam Conference headed by Churchill (later Atlee) Truman and Stalin opens.
  • 1955 - Disneyland opens; $17 million theme park Magic Kingdom, dream of Walt, comes to life at Anaheim.
  • 1975 - Soviets and Americans linkup in space-Apollo to Soyuz; cosmonauts & astronauts shake hands.
  • 1981 - Humber Bridge, the longest single span suspension bridge (now 2nd) opens to traffic from Hull, East Yorkshire, UK.
  • 1994 - Parts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy continue to plow into planet Jupiter in huge cosmic explosions.
  • 1994 - Two billion people, 1/3 of world population, view World Cup final in LA; Brazil beats Italy.
  • 2007 - Dow Jones briefly soars to over 14,000 for the first time.
  • 2014 - Israel launches ground offensive in the Gaza Strip after Hamas escalates war with missile attacks on Israel.
  • 2014 - Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from the Netherlands shot down by Russian missile over the Ukraine; 298 dead.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Leo IV (died today A.D. 855)
  • Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne
  • Kenelm
  • Clement of Okhrida
  • Ennodius
  • Marcellina
  • 7 Apostles of Bulgaria
  • Speratus
  • Narses of Lampron
  • The Scillium Martyrs
  • Alexis

Holiday:

  • Japanese Festival Susa-No-O begins (8 days)
  • Constitution Day South Korea (1948)
  • National Day in Iraq

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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