On this History Day – July 17 – Almanac

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Today is Saturday July 17, the 198th day of 2021 with 167 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include English clergyman / author Isaac Watts in 1674; financier John Jacob Astor in 1763; actor James Cagney in 1899; television personality Art Linkletter in 1912; actress Phyllis Diller in 1917; actor Donald Sutherland in 1935 (86); actor / singer Diahann Carroll in 1935; musician Peter Schickele in 1935 (86 years old); Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 1939 (82); rock musician Spencer Davis in 1939; Connie Hawkins Basketball Hall of Fame member in 1942; Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, in 1947 (74); the actor Lucie Arnaz in 1951 (70 years old); actor David Hasselhoff in 1952 (69 years old); singer Nicolette Larson in 1952; singer Phoebe Snow in 1952; German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 1954 (67 years old); the filmmaker Wong Kar-wai in 1958 (63 years old); television producer Mark Burnett in 1960 (61); actress Beth Littleford in 1968 (53); motorcycle racer Carey Hart in 1975 (46); country singer Luke Bryan in 1976 (45); actor Billie Lourd in 1992 (29).


At this date in history:

In 1918, Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were killed by Bolsheviks who had held them captive for two months. Although the fate of their bodies was unknown for years, subsequent DNA tests confirmed their identity and they were buried together in a cathedral in St. Petersburg in 1998.

In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began with an army revolt led by General Francisco Franco.

In 1955, Arco, Idaho, a city of 1,300 people, became the first community in the world to receive all of its light and power from atomic energy.

In 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.

In 1975, three American and two Soviet astronauts connected their Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft in orbit for historic handshakes 140 miles above Earth.

In 1981, 114 people were killed and 200 injured in the collapse of two suspended walkways at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

In 1996, TWA Flight 800, from New York to Paris, crashed off the coast of Long Island, killing all 230 people aboard the Boeing 747.

In 2006, an earthquake under the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Java, killing around 700 people.

In 2007, a Brazilian Airbus airliner skidded off a runway as it landed at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo and crashed into a building. Authorities put the death toll at 200.

In 2009, Walter Cronkite, TV news anchor often referred to as America’s most trustworthy man, passed away at the age of 92.

In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 carrying 298 people was shot down over rebel-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. All aboard the Boeing 777 were killed, including dozens of children.

In 2018, Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage broke the WNBA’s scoring record – 53 – in a 104-87 victory over New York Liberty in Arlington, TX.

In 2019, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to life in prison in the United States for conspiring to commit murder, drug trafficking and money laundering. The drug lord had escaped Mexican jails twice.


A thought for the day: “It’s not a boast if you can back it up. – American baseball pitcher Dizzy Dean


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