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Notable Historical Events for July 17th

1959Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) that lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago

1941NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland

1990NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

1917Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

1983112th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 275 at Royal Birkdale

1998Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

1978NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out

200513th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

1964ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace

1603Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James

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Notable Birthdays on July 17th

1899James Cagney, New York City, NY, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

1889Erle Stanley Gardner, Malden Mass., US detective writer (Perry Mason), (d. 1970)

1921Toni Stone [Marcenia Lyle Alberga], St. Paul Minnesota, American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league)

1952David Hasselhoff, Balt Md, actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch)

1947Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), London England, wife of Prince Charles

1956Bryan Trottier, Val Marie Saskatchewan, NHL Center (NY Islanders)

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Notable Weddings on July 17th

1988NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

1954Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

1990Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (56) weds Suha Tawil (27)

1990Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

1999Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California

1999Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California

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Notable Deaths on July 17th

1959Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

1961Ty Cobb, baseball great (Det Tigers), dies of cancer at 74

2009Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)

1918Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last Tsar of Russia, executed at 50

1918Anastasia Nikolaevna, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 17

1967John Coltrane, US jazz sax/composer (Round Midnight), dies at 40

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