July 17

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1862 – National cemeteries were authorized by the U.S. government.

1866 – Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. It was a three-year project that cost $512,709.

1867 – The first dental school in the United States was established. It was the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.

1941 – The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended. Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games.

1950 – The television show “The Colgate Comedy Hour” debuted. It featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

1955 – Disneyland was dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, CA.

1975 – An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

1984 – The national drinking age in the U.S. was changed from 18 to 21 years of age.

1987 – The movie “Robocop” premiered in theaters.

1989 – The first flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.

1995 – The Nasdaq composite stock index rose above 1,000 for the first time.

1996 – TWA Flight 800, a Paris-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, NY, killing all 230 people aboard.

1996 – Shaquille O’Neal stars as a 5,000 year old genie when the movie “Kazaam” premiered in theaters.

1997 – After 117 years, the Woolworth Corp. closed the last of its 400 stores.

1998 – An entire village was swept away in Papua, New Guinea by a 23-foot wave that was triggered by an undersea earthquake. Eight days later, reports list 3,183 dead, 2,000 were missing, and thousands were homeless.

2001 – The Concorde was brought back into service nearly a year after a July 2000 crash. It ended operations completely on October 24, 2003.

2007 – Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Michael Vick and three other men were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a dog-fighting ring.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Diahann Carroll – 83 years old (1935) – Actress, singer (TV’s “Julia”, “Dynasty”)

Donald Sutherland – 83 years old (1935) – Actor (“M*A*S*H”, “Ordinary People”, “Space Cowboys”)

Spencer Davis – 79 years old (1939) – Musician, singer (Spencer Davis Group)

Camilla Parker-Bowles – 71 years old (1947) – Duchess of Cornwall, second wife of Britain’s Prince Charles

Geezer Butler – 69 years old (1949) – Bassist (Black Sabbath)

Lucie Arnaz – 67 years old (1951) – Actress (“The Jazz Singer”, “Second Thoughts”, TV’s “Lucie Arnaz Show”)

David Hasselhoff – 66 years old (1952) – Actor, singer (TV’s “Knight Rider,” “Baywatch”, “The Young and the Restless”, judge on “America’s Got Talent”)

Mark Burnett – 58 years old (1960) – Reality TV producer (TV’s “The Voice”, “Survivor”, “The Apprentice”, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”)

 

TODAY IS:

Peach Ice Cream Day

Tattoo Day

World Emoji Day

Yellow Pig Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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