What Happened on July 17

Historical Events

  • 180 6 inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.
  • 1203 Siege of Constantinople begins during the fourth Crusade, Crusaders aboad a Venetian fleet attack the city
  • 1762 Catherine II becomes tsarina of Russia upon the murder of Peter III
  • 1936 Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola lead a right-wing uprising, starting the Spanish Civil War
  • 1945 Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting
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Did You Know?

George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London

On July 17, 1717

Famous Weddings

  • 1954 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)
  • 1988 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1990 PLO-leader Jasser Arrafat marries Soha Tawil in Tunis
  • 1990 Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton
  • 1990 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (56) weds Suha Tawil (27)

Famous Divorces

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