What Happened on July 17, 2014

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 5 hour humanitarian ceasefire, proposed by the UN, takes place between Israel and Hamas
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut, DIES FROM complications from back surgery at 80