What happened on July 17? There are more than 286 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About July 17

July 17 In HistoryJuly 17 is the 199th day of the year 2020. There are 167 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 29th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Millbury, Ohio 43447 sunrise occured at 06:15 AM and sunset occured at 09:04 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Ruby while the mystical birthstone is Ruby.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 210 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For July 17

  • 180
    Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.
  • 1203
    The Fourth Crusade captures Constantinople by assault. The Byzantine emperor Alexius III Angelus flees from his capital into exile.
  • 1402
    Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming Dynasty of China.
  • 1453
    Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Castillon: The French under Jean Bureau defeat the English under the Earl of Shrewsbury, who is killed in the battle in Gascony.
  • 1586
    A meeting takes place at Lüneburg between several Protestant powers in order to discuss the formation of an ‘evangelical’league of defence, called the 'Confederatio Militiae Evangelicae', against the Catholic League.
  • 1717
    King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel’s Water Music is premiered.
  • 1762
    Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III of Russia.
  • 1771
    Bloody Falls Massacre: Chipewyan chief Matonabbee, travelling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacres a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
  • 1791
    Members of the French National Guard under the command of General Lafayette open fire on a crowd of radical Jacobins at the Champ de Mars, Paris, during the French Revolution, killing as many as 50 people.
  • 1794
    The sixteen Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne are executed 10 days prior to the end of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.
  • 1856
    The Great Train Wreck of 1856 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, kills over 60 people.
  • 1867
    Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston. It was the first dental school in the U.S.
  • 1899
    NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.
  • 1917
    King George V of the United Kingdom issues a Proclamation stating that the male line descendants of the British royal family will bear the surname Windsor.
  • 1918
    On the orders of the Bolshevik Party carried out by Cheka, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers are murdered at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • 1918
    The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SMU U-55; 5 lives are lost.
  • 1932
    Altona Bloody Sunday.
  • 1933
    After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
  • 1936
    Spanish Civil War: An Armed Forces rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain starts the civil war.
  • 1938
    Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the “wrong way” to Ireland and becomes known as “Wrong Way” Corrigan.
  • 1944
    Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320.
  • 1944
    World War II: Napalm incendiary bombs are dropped for the first time by American P-38 pilots on a fuel depot at Coutances, near St. Lô, France.
  • 1948
    The South Korean constitution is proclaimed.
  • 1955
    Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
  • 1962
    Nuclear weapons testing: The “Small Boy” test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site.
  • 1968
    A revolution occurs in Iraq when Abdul Rahman Arif is overthrown and the Ba'ath Party is installed as the governing power in Iraq with Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr as the new Iraqi President.
  • 1973
    King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoing eye surgery.
  • 1975
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.
  • 1976
    History of East Timor: East Timor is annexed, and becomes the 27th province of Indonesia.
  • 1976
    The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.
  • 1979
    Nicaraguan president General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida.
  • 1981
    A structural failure leads to the collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.
  • 1981
    The opening of the Humber Bridge by HM The Queen in England.
  • 1989
    First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
  • 1996
    TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
  • 1998
    A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
  • 1998
    Papua New Guinea earthquake: A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 3,183, leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless.
  • 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.

Who Were Born On July 17?

  • 1487
    Ismail I, Shah of Persia (d. 1524)
  • 1674
    Isaac Watts, English hymnwriter (d. 1748)
  • 1698
    Pierre Louis Maupertuis, French mathematician (d. 1759)
  • 1744
    Elbridge Gerry, 5th Vice President of the United States (d. 1814)
  • 1745
    Petr Alekseevich Pahlen, Russian general (d. 1826)
  • 1763
    John Jacob Astor, American businessman (d. 1848)
  • 1774
    John Wilbur, American religious leader, Quaker minister (d. 1856)
  • 1797
    Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter (d. 1856)
  • 1823
    Leander Clark, American businessman, legislator, Indian agent (d. 1910)
  • 1831
    Xianfeng, Emperor of China (d. 1861)
  • 1839
    Ephraim Shay, American inventor (d. 1916)
  • 1853
    Alexius Meinong, Austrian philosopher (d. 1920)
  • 1868
    Henri Nathansen, Danish writer and stage director (d. 1944)
  • 1870
    Charles Davidson Dunbar, British military piper (d. 1939)
  • 1871
    Lyonel Feininger, German-American painter and caricaturist (d. 1956)
  • 1888
    Milán Füst, Hungarian writer, (d. 1967)
  • 1888
    Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1889
    Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (Perry Mason) (d. 1970)
  • 1898
    Berenice Abbott, American photographer (d. 1991)
  • 1898
    George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (d. 1985)
  • 1898
    Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)
  • 1899
    James Cagney, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1900
    Marcel Dalio, French actor (d. 1983)
  • 1901
    Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (d. 1938)
  • 1901
    Luigi Chinetti, Italian-American racecar driver and NART team owner (d. 1994)
  • 1902
    Christina Stead, Australian novelist (d. 1983)
  • 1910
    Barbara O'Neil, American actress, d. 1980
  • 1911
    Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
  • 1912
    Art Linkletter, Canadian television host (d. 2010)
  • 1912
    Erwin Bauer, German racing driver (d. 1958)
  • 1913
    Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (d. 1997)
  • 1915
    Fred Ball, American movie studio executive, actor, and the brother of comedienne Lucille Ball (d. 2007)
  • 1917
    Lou Boudreau, Major League baseball player and manager (d. 2001)
  • 1917
    Phyllis Diller, American comedienne
  • 1917
    Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
  • 1918
    Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)
  • 1920
    Gordon Gould, inventor of the laser (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish chairman of the International Olympic Committee (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Kenneth Wolstenholme, English sports commentator (d. 2002)
  • 1921
    František Zvarík, Slovakian actor (d. 2008)
  • 1921
    Louis Lachenal, French alpinist, one of the first two mountaineers to climb a summit of more than 8,000 meters.(d. 1955)
  • 1923
    John Cooper, English race car designer (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Jimmy Scott, American jazz singer
  • 1926
    Édouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
  • 1928
    Vince Guaraldi, American musician and composer (d. 1976)
  • 1929
    Sergei K. Godunov, Russian mathematician
  • 1932
    Hal Riney, American advertising executive (d. 2008)
  • 1932
    Johnny “Red” Kerr, American basketball player, coach, and longtime Chicago Bulls color commentator (d. 2009)
  • 1932
    Quino, Argentine cartoonist and comic strip artist (Mafalda)
  • 1933
    Tony Pithey, South African Cricketer (d. 2006)
  • 1935
    Diahann Carroll, American actor
  • 1935
    Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor
  • 1935
    Peter Schickele, American author, composer and radio host
  • 1938
    Hermann Huppen, Belgian comic book artist (Bernard Prince, Comanche, Jeremiah)
  • 1939
    Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
  • 1939
    Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician
  • 1939
    Spencer Davis, British singer and guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1940
    Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
  • 1941
    Achim Warmbold, German rally driver
  • 1941
    Bob Taylor, English Cricketer
  • 1941
    Daryle Lamonica, American football player
  • 1942
    Connie Hawkins, American basketball player
  • 1942
    Don Kessinger, American baseball player
  • 1942
    Gale Garnett, Canadian singer
  • 1942
    Peter Sissons, British newsreader
  • 1944
    Carlos Alberto, Brazilian football player
  • 1944
    Catherine Schell, Hungarian born British actress
  • 1944
    Mark Burgess, New Zealand Cricketer
  • 1945
    Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
  • 1946
    Alun Armstrong, English actor
  • 1947
    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
  • 1947
    Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1948
    Jan Gangelhoff, American whistleblower (d. 2005)
  • 1948
    Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director
  • 1948
    Ron Asheton, American musician and composer (Iggy Pop & The Stooges) (d. 2009)
  • 1949
    Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster
  • 1949
    Terence “Geezer” Butler, British musician and lyricist (Black Sabbath)
  • 1950
    Derek de Lint, Dutch actor
  • 1950
    P.J. Soles, German-born American actress
  • 1950
    Phoebe Snow, American singer/songwriter (d. 2011)
  • 1951
    Lucie Arnaz, American actress
  • 1952
    David Hasselhoff, American actor and musician
  • 1952
    Nicolette Larson, American singer (d. 1997)
  • 1954
    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  • 1954
    J. Michael Straczynski, American author
  • 1955
    Christopher Chappell, Canadian Cricketer
  • 1955
    Paul Stamets, American mycologist and environmentalist
  • 1956
    Bryan Trottier, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956
    Robert Romanus, American actor
  • 1957
    Fern Britton, British television presenter
  • 1958
    Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director
  • 1960
    Dawn Upshaw, American soprano
  • 1960
    Jan Wouters, Dutch football player and manager
  • 1960
    Kim Barnett, English cricketer
  • 1960
    Mark Burnett, English-born television producer
  • 1960
    Nancy Giles, American actress
  • 1960
    Robin Shou, Hong Kong actor
  • 1961
    Jeremy Hardy, British comedian
  • 1961
    Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor
  • 1961
    Roy Pienaar, South African cricketer
  • 1962
    Bill Sage, American actor
  • 1963
    John Ventimiglia, American actor
  • 1963
    Letsie III, King of Lesotho
  • 1963
    Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1963
    Regina Belle, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter
  • 1965
    Alex Winter, English film director
  • 1965
    Craig Morgan, American singer
  • 1965
    Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor
  • 1966
    Keith “Guru” Elam, American rapper (Gang Starr) (d. 2010)
  • 1966
    Lou Barlow, American alternative rock singer and musician (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh)
  • 1966
    Sten Tolgfors, Swedish politician
  • 1967
    Susan Ashton, Christian singer
  • 1968
    Andre Royo, American actor
  • 1968
    Beth Littleford, American comedian
  • 1968
    Bitty Schram, American actress
  • 1969
    F. Gary Gray, American music video and film director
  • 1969
    Scott Johnson (cartoonist), American Cartoonist
  • 1970
    Mandy Smith, English model and singer
  • 1971
    Calbert Cheaney, American basketball player
  • 1971
    Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
  • 1971
    Nico Mattan, Belgian cyclist
  • 1972
    Donny Marshall, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Eric Williams, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer
  • 1972
    Jason Rullo, American drummer (Symphony X, Redemption)
  • 1973
    Eric Moulds, American football player
  • 1973
    Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian and actor
  • 1973
    Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer
  • 1974
    Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor (d. 2011)
  • 1974
    Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician
  • 1975
    Andre Adams, New Zealand Cricketer
  • 1975
    Cécile de France, Belgian actress
  • 1975
    Darude, Finnish trance DJ
  • 1975
    Elena Anaya, Spanish actress
  • 1975
    Harlette, British Fashion Designer lingerie
  • 1975
    Konnie Huq, English television presenter
  • 1975
    Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta)
  • 1975
    Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician
  • 1976
    Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress
  • 1976
    Eric Winter, American actor
  • 1976
    Gino D'Acampo, Italian celebrity chef
  • 1976
    Luke Bryan, American musician
  • 1976
    Matthew Holmes, Australian actor
  • 1977
    Lehmber Hussainpuri, Famous Indian Singer
  • 1977
    Leif Hoste, Belgian cyclist
  • 1977
    Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player
  • 1977
    Tiffany Taylor, American model
  • 1978
    Émilie Simon, French singer
  • 1978
    Katharine Towne, American actress
  • 1978
    Mike Hettinga, American professional wrestler
  • 1978
    Noah Lennox, American musician
  • 1978
    Ricardo Arona, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1979
    Mike Vogel, American actor
  • 1980
    Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer
  • 1980
    Ryan Miller, American hockey player
  • 1981
    Elpida Romantzi, Greek archer
  • 1981
    Hely Ollarves, Venezuelan track and field athlete
  • 1982
    Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
  • 1982
    Omari Banks, West Indian Cricketer
  • 1983
    Adam Lind, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Brooke Kinsella, British actress
  • 1983
    Jessi Cruickshank, Canadian television presenter
  • 1983
    Ryan Guettler, professional Australian BMX rider
  • 1983
    Sarah Jones, American actress
  • 1984
    Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume)
  • 1984
    Sotiris Leontiou, Greek footballer
  • 1985
    Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer
  • 1985
    Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly)
  • 1986
    Brando Eaton, American actor
  • 1986
    Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX)
  • 1986
    DeAngelo Smith, American football player
  • 1986
    Lacey Von Erich, Professional wrestler
  • 1987
    Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player
  • 1987
    Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver
  • 1987
    Jeremih Felton, R&B singer
  • 1988
    Summer Bishil, American actress
  • 1998
    Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal

Who Died On July 17?

  • 521
    Magnus Felix Ennodius, bishop and Latin poet (b. 474)
  • 656
    Uthman ibn Affan, Third Caliph, assassinated.
  • 924
    King Edward the Elder of England
  • 1070
    Baldwin VI, Count of Flanders (b. 1030)
  • 1453
    Dmitry Shemyaka, Grand Prince of Moscow 1445, 1446-1447, poisoned in Veliky Novgorod by Vasily Tyomny’s agents
  • 1453
    John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, English military leader
  • 1531
    Hosokawa Takakuni, Japanese military commander (b. 1484)
  • 1566
    Bartolomé de Las Casas, Spanish priest (b. 1484)
  • 1571
    Georg Fabricius, German poet and historian (b. 1516)
  • 1588
    Mimar Sinan, Ottoman architect (b. 1489)
  • 1645
    Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, Scottish politician
  • 1704
    Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, French fur trader and explorer
  • 1709
    Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (b. 1646)
  • 1790
    Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher (b. 1723)
  • 1791
    Martin Dobrizhoffer, Austrian Jesuit missionary (b. 1717)
  • 1793
    Charlotte Corday, French aristocrat and murderer (b. 1768)
  • 1794
    John Roebuck, British inventor (b. 1718)
  • 1845
    Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1764)
  • 1878
    Aleardo Aleardi, Italian poet (b. 1812)
  • 1879
    Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1881
    Jim Bridger, American mountain man, Indian fighter, and explorer (b. 1804)
  • 1883
    Tu Duc, emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam
  • 1885
    Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)
  • 1887
    Dorothea Dix, American social activist (b. 1802)
  • 1893
    Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (b. 1833)
  • 1894
    Charles-Marie-René Leconte de Lisle, French poet (b. 1818)
  • 1894
    Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (b. 1810)
  • 1907
    Hector Malot, French writer (b. 1830)
  • 1912
    Henri Poincaré, French mathematician (b. 1854)
  • 1918
    Family of Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich (b. 1868): Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna (b. 1872)
  • 1918
    Family of Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich (b. 1868): Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna (b. 1901)
  • 1918
    Family of Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich (b. 1868): Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (b. 1899)
  • 1918
    Family of Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich (b. 1868): Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (b. 1895)
  • 1918
    Family of Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich (b. 1868): Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna (b. 1897)
  • 1918
    Family of Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich (b. 1868): Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich (b. 1904)
  • 1928
    Giovanni Giolitti, Italian statesman (b. 1842)
  • 1935
    George William Russell, Irish nationalist, poet and artist (b. 1867)
  • 1944
    William James Sidis, gifted mathematician and child prodigy (b. 1898)
  • 1945
    Ernst Busch, German field marshal (b. 1885)
  • 1946
    General Dragoljub Mihailović, commandant of the Yugoslav Royal Army in the Fatherland (b. 1893)
  • 1950
    Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • 1959
    Billie Holiday, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 1959
    Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • 1961
    Ty Cobb, baseball player (b. 1886)
  • 1967
    John Coltrane, American musician (b. 1926)
  • 1974
    Dizzy Dean, Major League baseball pitcher (b. 1910)
  • 1975
    Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (b. 1893)
  • 1980
    Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • 1987
    Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • 1988
    Frank Goodish, professional wrestler (b. 1946)
  • 1989
    Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (b. 1922)
  • 1995
    Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentinian race car driver (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    Chas Chandler, bass guitarist (The Animals), record producer and manager (b. 1938)
  • 2001
    Katharine Graham, American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • 2003
    Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
  • 2005
    Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-born actress (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • 2005
    Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Mickey Spillane, American author (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2007
    Júlio Redecker, Brazilian politician (b. 1956)
  • 2008
    Larry Haines, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)
  • 2011
    David Ngoombujarra, Australian actor (b. 1967)

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