On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1967 Race riots in Cairo, Illinois
  • 1967 Jimi Hendrix quits as opening act of the Monkees' tour
  • 1968 Bloodless coup in Iraq led by General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
  • 1970 30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1975 Apollo 18 and 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; attack the first major breach of a February truce

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1979 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • 1979 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • 1980 Bolivian military coup; General Garcia Meza becomes president

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1980 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1980 Zenko Suzuki becomes Premier of Japan
  • 1981 Humber Estuary Bridge in UK opens, world's longest span (1.4 km)

  • 1981 Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • 1981 Lobby walkways at Kansas City's Hyatt Regency hotel collapse killing 114 and injuring over 200
  • 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 Prime Minister of France
  • 1984 Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7
  • 1984 US passes National Minimum Drinking Age Act, prohibiting under 21's from buying or possessing alcohol as a condition of receiving federal highway funds
  • 1987 10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)
  • 1987 Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time
  • 1987 Iran and France break 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 declares independence from Czechoslovakia, beginning the so-called Velvet Divorce
  • 1994 French youngster (4) becomes Buddhist Lama Tulkou Kalou Rinpoche

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1995 Forbes Magazine announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world with a net worth of $12.9 billion dollars

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates
  • 1996 Paris-bound flight TWA 800, explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board the Boeing 747
  • 1997 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 2007 TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aéreas) Flight 3054 crashes upon landing during rain in São Paulo. Brazil's deadliest aviation accident to date with 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 is shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory, 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 responsibility
  • 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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2016 17 works by Swiss architect Le Corbusier included in UNESCO World Heritage sites list as "an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement"

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier

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2018 Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of "strongman politics" in Johannesburg, South Africa

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 2018 Oldest evidence of bread, made from wild grains, discovered by archaeologists in 14,000 year-old dig in the Black Desert, Jordon
  • 2019 Irrigation canal system collapses near Fort Laramie, Wyoming parching 100,000 acres of farmland across Nebraska and Wyoming
  • 2019 World Health Organization declares the DR Congo Ebola outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern"

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

2019 Mexican drug cartel head Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in New York

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • 2019 Bulgaria announces 5 million people, virtually every adult, has had their personal information exposed after national tax agency hacked
  • 2020 India becomes the third country to record 1 million cases of COVID-1, 56% concentrated in Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu

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