On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1988

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 4 Billion tv-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute
  • Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman's record (10.49)
  • Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)

Famous Birthdays

  • Summer Bishil, American actress, born in Pasadena, California

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Famous Deaths

  • Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42