This Day in History July 17th

This Day in History

  • 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed near the border of Ukraine and Russia after being shot down. All 298 people on board were killed.
  • 2014 Died: Henry Hartsfield, United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut who logged 20 says, 2 hours and 50 minutes in space.
  • 2009 Died: Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist. He had been the anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years, from 1962 to 1981.
  • 1996 Trans World Airlines Flight 800 exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 12 minutes after takeoff from JFK, all 230 people on board died.
  • 1989 The Northrop B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, made its first flight. It was first used in combat in the Kosovo War in 1999.
  • 1979 Born: Mike Vogel, American actor and former model best known for his role as plays Dale Barbara, the protagonist in Under the Dome.
  • 1976 Indonesia annexed East Timor and declared it its 27th province (Timor Timur). The United Nations Security Council opposed the invasion.
  • 1976 The opening ceremony of the 1976 Summer Olympics was held at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was the first Olympics held in Canada.
  • 1975 Born: Darude (stage name of Ville Virtanen), Finnish DJ and record producer. He rose to fame after releasing the hit single Sandstorm.
  • 1967 Died: John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader considered one of the most influential saxophonists of all time.
  • 1959 Died: Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan), renowned American jazz singer and songwriter who significantly influenced on jazz and pop singing.
  • 1958 Born: Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker famous for his visually unique, highly stylized, emotionally resonant work.
  • 1955 Disneyland Park (originally Disneyland) opened in the city of Anaheim, California. It is the only theme park built under Walt Disney’s direct supervision.
  • 1954 Born: Angela Merkel (née Kasner), German politician and former scientist who has been serving as the Chancellor of Germany since 2005.
  • 1952 Born: David Hasselhoff, American actor and singer known for his roles as Michael Knight in Knight Rider and Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch.
  • 1947 Born: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (born Camilla Shand), the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. They married in 2005 after a long affair.
  • 1935 Born: Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor whose career spans over 50 years. He is known for playing a diverse range of characters in acclaimed films.
  • 1918 The Bolsheviks murdered Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
  • 1917 King George V officially changed the name of the British Royal House from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the British Windsor.
  • 1912 Died: Henri Poincaré, French mathematician, physician, engineer, and a philosopher of science. He is often regarded as the last universalist.
  • 1907 Died: Hector Malot, French writer best known for his 1878 novel Sans Famille (Nobody’s Boy, literally translated as Without Family).
  • 1894 Born: Georges Lemaître, Belgian physicist, astronomer and Jesuit priest best known for proposing theory of the expansion of the Universe.
  • 1889 Born: Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and crime writer primarily remembered for his Perry Mason series of detective stories.
  • 1887 Died: Dorothea Dix, American activist on behalf of the indigent insane who created the first generation of American mental asylums.
  • 1797 Born: Paul Delaroche (born Hippolyte), French painter whose best known works include Bonaparte Crossing the Alps and Peter the Great.
  • 1793 Died: Charlotte Corday, French murderer who assassinated Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat. She was executed under the guillotine.
  • 1790 Died: Adam Smith, Scottish philosopher and economist. He is known for his work An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
  • 1453 The last battle of the Hundred Years’ War, the Battle of Castillon, was fought near Castillon-sur-Dordogne. It resulted in a decisive French victory.
  • 1429 Charles VII was crowned King of France at Reims Cathedral, following a successful campaign by Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1399 Died: Jadwiga (Hedwig), the first female monarch of Poland who ruled from 1384 until her death. She was officially crowned a “king” (rex).

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