On This Day in History for July 17 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 158 of 158

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1964 ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1966 Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit
  • 1966 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)
  • 1967 Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act
  • 1967 Race riots in Cairo Illinois
  • 1968 Bloodless coup in Iraq led by General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
  • 1972 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico
  • 1973 Military coup in Afghanistan; King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees
  • 1974 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • 1975 Apollo 18 & Soyuz 19 make 1st US/USSR linkup in space
  • 1975 Four British soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army remote-controlled bomb near Forkill, County Armagh; the attack was the first major breach of a February truce

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1976 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • 1979 David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston
  • 1979 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • 1979 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo
  • 1979 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • 1980 Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes president
  • 1980 Zenko Suzuki becomes premier of Japan
  • 1981 Humber Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens
  • 1981 Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • 1981 Lobby Walkways at KC's Hyatt Regency collapse 114 die, 200 injured
  • 1981 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta
  • 1981 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • 1983 1st USFL championship (Mich Panthers beats Philadelphia Stars 24-22)
  • 1984 Pierre Mauroy resigns as premier of France
  • 1984 Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7
  • 1986 Emmy 13th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 7th time
  • 1987 10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)
  • 1987 Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8)
  • 1987 Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time
  • 1987 Iran & France breaks diplomatic relations
  • 1988 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • 1988 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)
  • 1989 1st Test flight of US stealth-bomber
  • 1989 Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances
  • 1990 Hussein's Revolutionary Day speech claims Kuwait stole oil from Iraq
  • 1992 Slovak parliament asks for self rule
  • 1994 French youngster (4) becomes Buddhist Lama Tulkou Kalou Rinpoche

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1994 Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

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1995 Forbes Mag announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world ($12.9B)

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 1996 230 people die when TWA 800 crashes outside of NYC
  • 1996 Yank John Weteland blows save after record 24 consecutive saves
  • 1996 TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
  • 1997 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands

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1998 Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

  • 2004 Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids

Sport awardSports Awards

2005 13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • 2007 TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. This is Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.
  • 2009 Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.
  • 2012 17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 2013 7 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria
  • 2013 58 people are killed in floods in Sichuan Province, China
  • 2014 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
  • 2014 5 hour humanitarian ceasefire, proposed by the UN, takes place between Israel and Hamas
  • 2015 Suicide bomber in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, kills 120, ISIS claims responsibilty
  • 2015 Scientists solve mystery of sleeping sickness in two villages in northern Kazakhstan - uranium mining had caused increase in carbon monoxide

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