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1717Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London

1990NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

1988117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham

200513th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

1971Kathy Whitworth/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Four-Ball Golf Championship

1989Paul McCartney releases "This One"

1585English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I

1922Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year

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

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

1974John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

1936Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola lead a right-wing uprising, starting the Spanish Civil War

1994Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship

1762Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III

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

1961Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th

2004Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

1926Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)

2005Tiger Woods wins his 10th major winning The British Open Championship by 5 strokes. Woods becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once

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

1603Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James

1994123rd British Golf Open: Nick Price shoots a 268 at Turnberry Scotland

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

201321st ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Serena Williams win

2004Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids

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

1983Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald's Kids Golf Classic

1978Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him

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

1995Forbes Mag announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world ($12.9B)

1934Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland

1994Beth Daniel wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic

2013U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

1945Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting

1980Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president

1054Emperor Henry III crowns his son Henry IV king

July 17th Historical Events
Date Event
180
6 inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world. 
561
John III begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Pelagius I 
855
St Leo IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
1054
Emperor Henry III crowns his son Henry IV king 
1070
Arnulf III the Hapless becomes earl of Flanders 
1203
Siege of Constantinople begins during the fourth Crusade, Crusaders aboad a Venetian fleet attack the city 
1245
Pope bans emperor Frederik II Hohenstaufen for 3rd time 
1393
Osmanen occupy Turnovo, Bulgaria 
1429
Dauphin crowned king of France 
1453
1st battle at Castillon: French beat English troops 
1473
Charles the Stout conquerors Nijmegen 
1509
Venice recaptures Padua 
1549
Jews are expelled from Ghent Belgium 
1552
Siena drives Spanish troops out of Verdun 
1583
Spanish & Walloon troops conquer Dunkerk 
1585
English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I 
1596
At 10:30AM Dutch explorer Willem Barents arrives at Novaya Zemlya 
1603
Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James 
1686
A meeting takes place at Lüneburg between several Protestant powers in order to discuss the formation of an 'evangelical' league of defence, called the 'Confederatio Militiae Evangelicae', against the Catholic League. 
1712
England, Portugal & France sign ceasefire [or 19th] 
1717
Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London 
1727
Simon van Slingelandt appointed Dutch pension advisor 
1740
Prospero Lambertini chosen Pope Benedictus XIV 
1762
Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III 
1774
Captain Cook arrives in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) 
1775
1st military hospital approved 
1791
Members of the French National Guard under the command of General Lafayette open fire on a crowd of radical Jacobins at the Champ de Mars, Paris, during the French Revolution, killing as many as 50 people. 
1794
Richard Allen organizes Philadelphia's Bethel African Meth Episcopal Church 
1821
Spain cedes Florida to US 
1841
British humorous and satirycal magazine "Punch" first published; it finally closed in 2002 
1850
Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star (Vega) 
1856
The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people. 
1861
US Congress authorizes paper money 
1861
Manassas, VA Gen Beauregard requests reinforcements for his 22,000 men, Gen Johnston is ordered to Manassas 
1862
Naval Engagement at Pascagoula River MS: USS Potomac Expedition 
1862
US army authorized to accept blacks as laborers 
1862
United army officially divides corps 
1862
R John Hunt Morgan:Cynthiana, KY CS24 US17 Skirmish at Columbia, TN 
1863
Battle of Honey Springs - largest battle in Indian Territory 
1863
Māori forces are defeated by British troops at Koheroa, Waikato, in the New Zealand Wars between Maori tribes and British colonials 
1864
CSA President Davis replaces Gen Joe Johnston with John Bell Hood 
1866
Italian fleet under Admiral Count Carlo Pellion di Persano captures Austrian Fort Lissa 
1867
1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established 
1878
Nqwiliso, tribal chief of Western Pondoland and eldest son of Ndamase, signs a treaty with H.G. Elliott ceding sovereign rights and shipping in the Umzimvubu River mouth to the Cape government, Southern Africa 
1879
1st railroad opens in Hawaii 
1882
6th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats E Renshaw (6-1 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-2) 
1885
9th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (7-5, 6-2 4-6 7-5) 
1886
10th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-0 5-7 6-3 6-4) 
1890
Cecil Rhodes becomes premier of Cape colony 
1893
Arthur Shrewsbury is 1st to score 1,000 runs in Test Cricket 
1897
1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from Yukon 
1898
Spanish American War - Spaniards surrender to US at Santiago Cuba 
1900
NY Giant Christy Mathewson begins career losing to Bkln Superbas 
1902
Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL 
1902
Lord Tennyson, son of the poet, is named to succeed Lord Hopetown, first governor general of Australia 
1903
The Russian Social Democratic Workers Party meets, first in Brussels and then London because their leaders have been forced into exile by the Russian Government 
1906
Clement Armand Fallieres is elected President of France, but power lies with George Clemenceau 
1911
Overthrown shah of Persia Mohammed Ali lands on Astrabad with army 
1912
IAF (Intl Amateur Athletic Federation) forms in Sweden 
1914
Giants outfielder Red Murray is knocked unconscious by lightning after catching a flyball, ending 21 inning game, Giants win 3-1 
1915
Italian offensive at Isonzo 
1917
Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor 
1918
Longest errorless game, Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings 
1919
Finland adopts constitution 
1919
Yanks 21 hits, Browns 17 hits Browns win 7-6 in 17, on squeeze play 
1922
Curacao harbor workers begin strike under Felix Chacuto 
1922
Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year 
1923
Carl Mays gave up 13 runs & 20 hits in 13-0 lose to Indians 
1924
St Louis Card Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0 
1925
Tris Speaker, is 5th to get 3,000 hits 
1926
Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4) 
1929
USSR breaks diplomatic relations with China 
1933
After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances. 
1934
Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland 
1935
Variety's famous headline "Sticks Nix Hick Pix" 
1936
Carl Hubbell begins winning streak, beating Pittsburgh 6-0 
1936
Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola lead a right-wing uprising, starting the Spanish Civil War 
1938
Douglas (Wrong Way) Corrigan leaves NY for LA, wound up in Ireland 
1939
22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY 
1941
NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland 
1942
3' of rain falls on Pennsylvania, flooding kills 15 
1942
Estimated 34.5" (87.5 cm) of rainfall, Smethport, Pa (state record) 
1942
Transport nr 6 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
1943
RAF bombs Germany rocket base Peenemunde 
1944
2 ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago, California kills 322 
1944
Russian troops cross river Bug/march into Poland 
1945
Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting 
1948
Israeli army captures Nazareth 
1948
Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea 
1950
Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka 
1950
Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa 
1951
King Leopold III of Belgium abdicates in favour of his son Boudouin I 
1951
Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered. 
1952
Shah of Persia named Ghavam Sultaneh premier 
1954
1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers) 
1954
Construction begins on Disneyland. . . 
1954
Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany 
1955
Arco Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power 
1955
Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California. 
1958
King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation 
1958
Peter Shaffer's "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London 
1958
US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak 
1959
2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis 
1959
Tibet abolishes serfdom 
1959
River Canyon extending man-made Lake Hebgen by 5 miles. (Montana) 
1959
Paleoanthropologist 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 
1961
John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show 
1961
Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th 
1962
East Berliner Peter Fechter flees over Berlin Wall 
1962
Robert White in X-15 sets altitude record of 108 km (354,300 ft) 
1962
Senate rejects medicare for aged 
1962
US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site 
1963
Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden 
1964
Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph) 
1964
Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site 
1964
ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace 
1965
WLCY (now WTSP) TV channel 10 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (ABC) begins 
1966
"It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 perfs 
1966
Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open 
1966
Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit 
1966
Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3) 
1966
Pioneer 7 launched 
1967
Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act 
1967
Race riots in Cairo Illinois 
1968
Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London 
1968
Revolt in Iraq 
1970
30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC 
1971
Kathy Whitworth/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Four-Ball Golf Championship 
1972
1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico 
1973
Military coup in Afghanistan; King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees 
1974
1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues 
1974
Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo) 
1974
France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island 
1974
John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days 
1975
Apollo 18 & Soyuz 19 make 1st US/USSR linkup in space 
1975
Four British soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army remote-controlled bomb near Forkill, County Armagh; the attack was the first major breach of a February truce 
1976
21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal 
1976
Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor 
1976
The opening of the Summer Olympics is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team. 
1977
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic 
1978
NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out 
1978
Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him 
1979
50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle 
1979
All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates) 
1979
David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston 
1979
Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza flees to Miami 
1979
Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo 
1979
Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament 
1980
Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes president 
1980
Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president 
1980
Zenko Suzuki becomes premier of Japan 
1981
"This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 perfs 
1981
Humber Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens 
1981
Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut 
1981
Lobby Walkways at KC's Hyatt Regency collapse 114 die, 200 injured 
1981
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1981
Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta 
1981
Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another 
1983
112th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 275 at Royal Birkdale 
1983
1st USFL championship (Mich Panthers beats Phila Stars 24-22) 
1983
Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald's Kids Golf Classic 
1984
Pierre Mauroy resigns as premier of France 
1984
Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7 
1986
Emmy 13th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 7th time 
1987
"Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo 
1987
10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx) 
1987
Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8) 
1987
Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time 
1987
Iran & France breaks diplomatic relations 
1988
117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham 
1988
4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute 
1988
Colleen Walker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic 
1988
Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49) 
1988
Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C) 
1989
1st Test flight of US stealth-bomber 
1989
Paul McCartney releases "This One" 
1989
Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances 
1990
Hussein's Revolutionary Day speech claims Kuwait stole oil from Iraq 
1990
NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer 
1990
Minnesota Twins become 1st team to turn 2 triple plays in a game but lose to Boston Red Sox 1-0 
1992
Slovak parliament asks for self rule 
1993
Graeme Obree bicycles world record time, 51,596 km 
1994
123rd British Golf Open: Nick Price shoots a 268 at Turnberry Scotland 
1994
Beth Daniel wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic 
1994
Brazil beats Italy in a shoot out, for their 4th soccer world cup 
1994
French youngster (4) becomes Buddhist Lama Tulkou Kalou Rinpoche 
1994
Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship 
1995
Forbes Mag announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world ($12.9B) 
1996
230 people die when TWA 800 crashes outside of NYC 
1996
Yank John Weteland blows save after record 24 consecutive saves 
1996
TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board. 
1997
STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands 
1998
Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died 
2004
Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators 
2004
Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids 
2005
Tiger Woods wins his 10th major winning The British Open Championship by 5 strokes. Woods becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once 
2005
134th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 274 at St Andrews 
2005
13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win 
2007
TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths. 
2009
Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners. 
2011
140th British Golf Open: Darren Clarke shoots a 275 at Royal St George's Golf Club 
2012
17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama 
2013
7 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria 
2013
58 people are killed in floods in Sichuan Province, China 
2013
21st ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Serena Williams win 
2013
U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres 
2014
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes (presumed shot down by either pro-Russian separatists or the Ukrainian militia), killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board 
2016
Vietnam Police Detain Dozens in Anti-China Protest 
2016
FAA bans flights between the US and Turkey 
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