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Notable Historical Events for July 17th

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

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

1983Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald's Kids Golf Classic

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

1980Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president

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

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

1054Emperor Henry III crowns his son Henry IV king

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on July 17th

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

1917Phyllis Diller, Lima Ohio, comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), (d. 2012)

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on July 17th

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

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

1999Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele

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

1990Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

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

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Notable Deaths on July 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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