Today in History

Today In History- July 17

Significant Events Of July 17

  • 1806 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 following 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
  • 1948 Israeli army captures Nazareth
  • 1948 Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea
  • 1950 Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka
  • 1950 Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa
  • 1951 Leopold III, King of the Belgians, abdicates in favour of his son Boudouin I
  • 1951 Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered.
  • 1952 Shah of Persia named Ghavam Sultaneh premier
  • 1954 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • 1954 Construction of Disneyland commences
  • 1954 Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany
  • 1955 Arco, Idaho, becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power
  • 1955 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
  • 1958 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation
  • 1958 Peter Shaffer’s “Five Finger Exercise” premieres in London
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1959 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis
  • 1959 Tibet abolishes serfdom
  • 1959 River Canyon extending man-made Lake Hebgen by 5 miles. (Montana)
  • 1962 East Berliner Peter Fechter flees over Berlin Wall
  • 1962 Robert White in X-15 sets altitude record of 108 km (354,300 ft)
  • 1962 Senate rejects medicare for aged
  • 1962 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1963 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • 1964 ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace
  • 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

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