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17th of July 0180 EVENT Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.
17th of July 1203 EVENT The Fourth Crusade captures Constantinople by assault. The Byzantine emperor Alexius III Angelus flees from his capital into exile.
17th of July 1402 EVENT Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming Dynasty of China.
17th of July 1453 EVENT Hundred Years' War: Battle of Castillon: The French under Jean Bureau defeat the English under the Earl of Shrewsbury, who is killed in the battle in Gascony.
17th of July 1586 EVENT A meeting takes place at Luneburg 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.
17th of July 1717 EVENT King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel's Water Music is premiered.
17th of July 1762 EVENT Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III of Russia.
17th of July 1771 EVENT Bloody Falls Massacre: Chipewyan chief Matonabbee, travelling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacres a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
17th of July 1791 EVENT 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.
17th of July 1794 EVENT The sixteen Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne are executed 10 days prior to the end of the French Revolution's Reign of Terror.
17th of July 1856 EVENT The Great Train Wreck of 1856 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people.
17th of July 1867 EVENT Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston. It was the first dental school in the U.S.
17th of July 1899 EVENT NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.
17th of July 1917 EVENT King George V of the United Kingdom issues a Proclamation stating that the male line descendants of the British royal family will bear the surname Windsor.
17th of July 1918 EVENT On the orders of the Bolshevik Party carried out by Cheka, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers are murdered at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
17th of July 1918 EVENT The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55; 5 lives are lost.
17th of July 1933 EVENT After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
17th of July 1936 EVENT Spanish Civil War: An Armed Forces rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain starts the civil war.
17th of July 1938 EVENT Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the "wrong way" to Ireland and becomes known as "Wrong Way" Corrigan.
17th of July 1942 EVENT World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad commences in modern-day Volgograd.
17th of July 1944 EVENT World War II: Napalm incendiary bombs are dropped for the first time by American P-38 pilots on a fuel depot at Coutances, near St. Lo, France.
17th of July 1944 EVENT Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320.
17th of July 1945 EVENT World War II: Potsdam Conference : at Potsdam, U.S. President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the three main Allied leaders, begin their final summit of the war. The meeting would end on August 2.
17th of July 1948 EVENT The South Korean constitution is proclaimed.
17th of July 1955 EVENT Disneyland hosts a televised "International Press Preview" the day before the park's official opening in Anaheim, California.
17th of July 1962 EVENT Nuclear weapons testing: The "Small Boy" test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site.
17th of July 1968 EVENT A revolution occurs in Iraq when Abdul Rahman Arif is overthrown and the Ba'ath Party is installed as the governing power in Iraq with Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr as the new Iraqi President.
17th of July 1973 EVENT King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoing eye surgery.
17th of July 1975 EVENT Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.
17th of July 1976 EVENT History of East Timor: East Timor is annexed, and becomes the 27th province of Indonesia.
17th of July 1976 EVENT The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.
17th of July 1979 EVENT Nicaraguan president General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida.
17th of July 1981 EVENT A structural failure leads to the collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.
17th of July 1981 EVENT The opening of the Humber Bridge by HM The Queen in England.
17th of July 1989 EVENT First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
17th of July 1996 EVENT TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
17th of July 1997 EVENT The F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
17th of July 1998 EVENT A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
17th of July 1998 EVENT Papua New Guinea earthquake: A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 3,183, leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless.
17th of July 2007 EVENT TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in Sao Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.
17th of July 2007 EVENT Trans-Neptunian Object 2007 OR10 is discovered.
17th of July 2009 EVENT Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.
17th of July 1487 BIRTHDAY Ismail I, Shah of Persia (d. 1524)
17th of July 1674 BIRTHDAY Isaac Watts, English hymnwriter (d. 1748)
17th of July 1698 BIRTHDAY Pierre Louis Maupertuis, French mathematician (d. 1759)
17th of July 1744 BIRTHDAY Elbridge Gerry, 5th Vice President of the United States (d. 1814)
17th of July 1745 BIRTHDAY Petr Alekseevich Pahlen, Russian general (d. 1826)
17th of July 1763 BIRTHDAY John Jacob Astor, American businessman (d. 1848)
17th of July 1797 BIRTHDAY Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter (d. 1856)
17th of July 1831 BIRTHDAY Xianfeng, Emperor of China (d. 1861)
17th of July 1839 BIRTHDAY Ephraim Shay, American inventor (d. 1916)
17th of July 1853 BIRTHDAY Alexius Meinong, Austrian philosopher (d. 1920)
17th of July 1868 BIRTHDAY Henri Nathansen, Danish writer and stage director (d. 1944)
17th of July 1870 BIRTHDAY Charles Davidson Dunbar, British military piper (d. 1939)
17th of July 1888 BIRTHDAY Milan Fust, Hungarian writer, (d. 1967)
17th of July 1888 BIRTHDAY Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
17th of July 1889 BIRTHDAY Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (Perry Mason) (d. 1970)
17th of July 1898 BIRTHDAY George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (d. 1985)
17th of July 1898 BIRTHDAY Berenice Abbott, American photographer (d. 1991)
17th of July 1898 BIRTHDAY Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)
17th of July 1899 BIRTHDAY James Cagney, American actor (d. 1986)
17th of July 1900 BIRTHDAY Marcel Dalio, French actor (d. 1983)
17th of July 1901 BIRTHDAY Luigi Chinetti, Italian-American racecar driver and NART team owner (d. 1994)
17th of July 1901 BIRTHDAY Bruno Jasienski, Polish poet (d. 1938)
17th of July 1902 BIRTHDAY Christina Stead, Australian novelist (d. 1983)
17th of July 1911 BIRTHDAY Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
17th of July 1912 BIRTHDAY Art Linkletter, Canadian television host (d. 2010)
17th of July 1912 BIRTHDAY Erwin Bauer, German racing driver (d. 1958)
17th of July 1913 BIRTHDAY Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (d. 1997)
17th of July 1915 BIRTHDAY Fred Ball, American movie studio executive, actor, and the brother of comedienne Lucille Ball (d. 2007)
17th of July 1917 BIRTHDAY Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
17th of July 1917 BIRTHDAY Lou Boudreau, Major League baseball player and manager (d. 2001)
17th of July 1917 BIRTHDAY Phyllis Diller, American comedienne
17th of July 1918 BIRTHDAY Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)
17th of July 1920 BIRTHDAY Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish chairman of the International Olympic Committee (d. 2010)
17th of July 1920 BIRTHDAY Kenneth Wolstenholme, English sports commentator (d. 2002)
17th of July 1920 BIRTHDAY Gordon Gould, inventor of the laser (d. 2005)
17th of July 1921 BIRTHDAY Louis Lachenal, French alpinist, one of the first two mountaineers to climb a summit of more than 8,000 meters.(d. 1955)
17th of July 1921 BIRTHDAY Frantisek Zvarik, Slovakian actor
17th of July 1923 BIRTHDAY John Cooper, English race car designer (d. 2000)
17th of July 1925 BIRTHDAY Jimmy Scott, American jazz singer
17th of July 1926 BIRTHDAY Edouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler
17th of July 1926 BIRTHDAY Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
17th of July 1928 BIRTHDAY Vince Guaraldi, American musician and composer (d. 1976)
17th of July 1929 BIRTHDAY Sergei K. Godunov, Russian mathematician
17th of July 1932 BIRTHDAY Johnny "Red" Kerr, American basketball player, coach, and longtime Chicago Bulls color commentator (d. 2009)
17th of July 1932 BIRTHDAY Hal Riney, American advertising executive (d. 2008)
17th of July 1933 BIRTHDAY Tony Pithey, South African Cricketer (d. 2006)
17th of July 1935 BIRTHDAY Diahann Carroll, American actor
17th of July 1935 BIRTHDAY Peter Schickele, American author, composer and radio host
17th of July 1935 BIRTHDAY Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor
17th of July 1939 BIRTHDAY Andree Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician
17th of July 1939 BIRTHDAY Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
17th of July 1939 BIRTHDAY Spencer Davis, British singer and guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)
17th of July 1940 BIRTHDAY Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
17th of July 1941 BIRTHDAY Daryle Lamonica, American football player
17th of July 1941 BIRTHDAY Achim Warmbold, German rally driver
17th of July 1941 BIRTHDAY Bob Taylor, English Cricketer
17th of July 1942 BIRTHDAY Gale Garnett, Canadian singer
17th of July 1942 BIRTHDAY Don Kessinger, American baseball player
17th of July 1942 BIRTHDAY Connie Hawkins, American basketball player
17th of July 1942 BIRTHDAY Peter Sissons, British newsreader
17th of July 1944 BIRTHDAY Catherine Schell, Hungarian born British actress
17th of July 1944 BIRTHDAY Mark Burgess, New Zealand Cricketer
17th of July 1944 BIRTHDAY Carlos Alberto, Brazilian football player
17th of July 1945 BIRTHDAY Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
17th of July 1946 BIRTHDAY Alun Armstrong, English actor
17th of July 1947 BIRTHDAY Wolfgang Flur, German musician (Kraftwerk)
17th of July 1947 BIRTHDAY Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
17th of July 1948 BIRTHDAY Ron Asheton, American musician and composer (Iggy Pop & The Stooges) (d. 2009)
17th of July 1948 BIRTHDAY Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director
17th of July 1948 BIRTHDAY Jan Gangelhoff, American whistleblower (d. 2005)
17th of July 1949 BIRTHDAY Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster
17th of July 1949 BIRTHDAY Terence "Geezer" Butler, British musician and lyricist (Black Sabbath)
17th of July 1950 BIRTHDAY P.J. Soles, German-born American actress
17th of July 1950 BIRTHDAY Derek de Lint, Dutch actor
17th of July 1951 BIRTHDAY Lucie Arnaz, American actress
17th of July 1952 BIRTHDAY David Hasselhoff, American actor and musician
17th of July 1952 BIRTHDAY Nicolette Larson, American singer (d. 1997)
17th of July 1954 BIRTHDAY J. Michael Straczynski, American author
17th of July 1954 BIRTHDAY Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
17th of July 1955 BIRTHDAY Paul Stamets, American mycologist and environmentalist
17th of July 1955 BIRTHDAY Christopher Chappell, Canadian Cricketer
17th of July 1956 BIRTHDAY Robert Romanus, American actor
17th of July 1956 BIRTHDAY Bryan Trottier, Canadian ice hockey player
17th of July 1957 BIRTHDAY Fern Britton, British television presenter
17th of July 1958 BIRTHDAY Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director
17th of July 1960 BIRTHDAY Dawn Upshaw, American soprano
17th of July 1960 BIRTHDAY Kim Barnett, English cricketer
17th of July 1960 BIRTHDAY Mark Burnett, English-born television producer
17th of July 1960 BIRTHDAY Robin Shou, Hong Kong actor
17th of July 1960 BIRTHDAY Nancy Giles, American actress
17th of July 1960 BIRTHDAY Jan Wouters, Dutch football player and manager
17th of July 1961 BIRTHDAY Roy Pienaar, South African cricketer
17th of July 1961 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor
17th of July 1962 BIRTHDAY Bill Sage, American actor
17th of July 1963 BIRTHDAY Regina Belle, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter
17th of July 1963 BIRTHDAY Letsie III, King of Lesotho
17th of July 1963 BIRTHDAY Matti Nykanen, Finnish ski jumper
17th of July 1963 BIRTHDAY John Ventimiglia, American actor
17th of July 1965 BIRTHDAY Craig Morgan, American singer
17th of July 1965 BIRTHDAY Alex Winter, English film director
17th of July 1965 BIRTHDAY Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor
17th of July 1966 BIRTHDAY Sten Tolgfors, Swedish politician
17th of July 1966 BIRTHDAY Guru, American rapper (Gang Starr) (d. 2010)
17th of July 1966 BIRTHDAY Lou Barlow, American alternative rock singer and musician (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh)
17th of July 1967 BIRTHDAY Susan Ashton, Christian singer
17th of July 1968 BIRTHDAY Bitty Schram, American actress
17th of July 1968 BIRTHDAY Andre Royo, American actor
17th of July 1968 BIRTHDAY Beth Littleford, American comedian
17th of July 1969 BIRTHDAY Scott Johnson (cartoonist), American Cartoonist
17th of July 1969 BIRTHDAY F. Gary Gray, American music video director
17th of July 1970 BIRTHDAY Mandy Smith, English model and singer
17th of July 1971 BIRTHDAY Nico Mattan, Belgian cyclist
17th of July 1971 BIRTHDAY Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
17th of July 1971 BIRTHDAY Calbert Cheaney, American basketball player
17th of July 1972 BIRTHDAY Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer
17th of July 1972 BIRTHDAY Jason Rullo, American drummer (Symphony X, Redemption)
17th of July 1972 BIRTHDAY Eric Williams, American basketball player
17th of July 1972 BIRTHDAY Donny Marshall, American basketball player
17th of July 1973 BIRTHDAY Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer
17th of July 1973 BIRTHDAY Eric Moulds, American football player
17th of July 1973 BIRTHDAY Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian and actor
17th of July 1974 BIRTHDAY Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician
17th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Darude, Finnish trance DJ
17th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Cecile de France, Belgian actress
17th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Elena Anaya, Spanish actress
17th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Konnie Huq, English television presenter
17th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta)
17th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Andre Adams, New Zealand Cricketer
17th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician
17th of July 1976 BIRTHDAY Eric Winter, American actor
17th of July 1976 BIRTHDAY Matthew Holmes, Australian actor
17th of July 1976 BIRTHDAY Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress
17th of July 1976 BIRTHDAY Luke Bryan, American musician
17th of July 1976 BIRTHDAY Gino D'Acampo, Italian celebrity chef
17th of July 1977 BIRTHDAY Tiffany Taylor, American model
17th of July 1977 BIRTHDAY Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player
17th of July 1977 BIRTHDAY Leif Hoste, Belgian cyclist
17th of July 1977 BIRTHDAY Lehmber Hussainpuri, Famous Indian Singer
17th of July 1978 BIRTHDAY Ricardo Arona, Brazilian mixed martial artist
17th of July 1978 BIRTHDAY Mike Hettinga, American professional wrestler
17th of July 1978 BIRTHDAY Noah Lennox, American musician
17th of July 1978 BIRTHDAY Katharine Towne, American actress
17th of July 1978 BIRTHDAY Emilie Simon, French singer
17th of July 1979 BIRTHDAY Mike Vogel, American actor
17th of July 1980 BIRTHDAY Ryan Miller, American hockey player
17th of July 1980 BIRTHDAY Javier Camunas, Spanish footballer
17th of July 1981 BIRTHDAY Elpida Romantzi, Greek archer
17th of July 1981 BIRTHDAY Hely Ollarves, Venezuelan track and field athlete
17th of July 1982 BIRTHDAY Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
17th of July 1982 BIRTHDAY Omari Banks, West Indian Cricketer
17th of July 1983 BIRTHDAY Ryan Guettler, professional Australian BMX rider
17th of July 1983 BIRTHDAY Brooke Kinsella, British actress
17th of July 1983 BIRTHDAY Adam Lind, American baseball player
17th of July 1983 BIRTHDAY Sarah Jones, American actress
17th of July 1983 BIRTHDAY Jessi Cruickshank, Canadian television presenter
17th of July 1984 BIRTHDAY Sotiris Leontiou, Greek footballer
17th of July 1984 BIRTHDAY Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume)
17th of July 1985 BIRTHDAY Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer
17th of July 1985 BIRTHDAY Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly)
17th of July 1986 BIRTHDAY DeAngelo Smith, American football player
17th of July 1986 BIRTHDAY Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX)
17th of July 1987 BIRTHDAY Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player
17th of July 1987 BIRTHDAY Jeremih Felton, R&B singer
17th of July 1987 BIRTHDAY Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver
17th of July 1988 BIRTHDAY Summer Bishil, American actress
17th of July 1998 BIRTHDAY Felipe Juan Froilan de Marichalar y de Borbon, Spanish royal
17th of July 0521 DEATH Magnus Felix Ennodius, bishop and Latin poet (Born 474)
17th of July 0656 DEATH Uthman ibn Affan, Third Caliph, assassinated.
17th of July 0924 DEATH King Edward the Elder of England
17th of July 1070 DEATH Baldwin VI, Count of Flanders (Born 1030)
17th of July 1453 DEATH John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, English military leader
17th of July 1453 DEATH Dmitry Shemyaka, Grand Prince of Moscow 1445, 1446-1447, poisoned in Veliky Novgorod by Vasily Tyomny's agents
17th of July 1531 DEATH Hosokawa Takakuni, Japanese military commander (Born 1484)
17th of July 1566 DEATH Bartolome de Las Casas, Spanish priest (Born 1484)
17th of July 1571 DEATH Georg Fabricius, German poet and historian (Born 1516)
17th of July 1588 DEATH Mimar Sinan, Ottoman architect (Born 1489)
17th of July 1645 DEATH Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, Scottish politician
17th of July 1704 DEATH Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, French fur trader and explorer
17th of July 1709 DEATH Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (Born 1646)
17th of July 1790 DEATH Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher (Born 1723)
17th of July 1791 DEATH Martin Dobrizhoffer, Austrian Jesuit missionary (Born 1717)
17th of July 1793 DEATH Charlotte Corday, French aristocrat and murderer (Born 1768)
17th of July 1794 DEATH John Roebuck, British inventor (Born 1718)
17th of July 1845 DEATH Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Born 1764)
17th of July 1878 DEATH Aleardo Aleardi, Italian poet (Born 1812)
17th of July 1879 DEATH Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (Born 1856)
17th of July 1881 DEATH Jim Bridger, American mountain man, Indian fighter, and explorer (Born 1804)
17th of July 1885 DEATH Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (Born 1811)
17th of July 1887 DEATH Dorothea Dix, American social activist (Born 1802)
17th of July 1893 DEATH Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (Born 1833)
17th of July 1894 DEATH Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (Born 1810)
17th of July 1894 DEATH Charles-Marie-Rene Leconte de Lisle, French poet (Born 1818)
17th of July 1907 DEATH Hector Malot, French writer (Born 1830)
17th of July 1912 DEATH Henri Poincare, French mathematician (Born 1854)
17th of July 1918 DEATH Family of Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich (Born 1868)