July 17 – On This Day In History

17 July

What happened today in history?

  • 1429 – Following a successful military campaign led by Joan of Arc, Charles VII of France is crowned in Reims.
  • 1717 – The premier of George Frideric Handel’s Water Music features King George I sailing down the River Thames with an orchestra.
  • 1918 – Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family are murdered by Bolshevik Chekists.
  • 1955 – Walt Disney opens Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
  • 1981 – The Humber Bridge is opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1899 – James Cagney – American actor.
  • 1952 – David Hasselhoff – American singer and actor.

Who died today?

  • 1790 – Adam Smith – Scottish economist and philosopher.
  • 1959 – Billie Holiday – American singer.
  • 2005 – Edward Heath – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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