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July 17th, 2007 (July 17 2007)EventTAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) Flight 3054 crashed upon landing during rain in Sao Paulo. This is Brazil s deadliest aviation accident to date with an estimated 199 deaths.
July 17th, 2000 (July 17 2000)EventAn F2 tornado ripped through Guelph, Ontario during the later portions of the evening.
July 17th, 1998 (July 17 1998)EventPapua 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.
July 17th, 1998 (July 17 1998)EventA diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
July 17th, 1997 (July 17 1997)EventThe F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
July 17th, 1996 (July 17 1996)EventOff the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound Boeing 747 carrying TWA flight 800 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
July 17th, 1989 (July 17 1989)EventFirst flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
July 17th, 1981 (July 17 1981)EventHyatt Regency walkway collapse in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring more than 200 caused by structural failure.
July 17th, 1979 (July 17 1979)EventNicaraguan president General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami.
July 17th, 1976 (July 17 1976)EventHistory of East Timor: East Timor was annexed, and became the 27th province of Indonesia.
July 17th, 1976 (July 17 1976)EventThe opening of the Summer Olympics is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team
July 17th, 1975 (July 17 1975)EventApollo-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.
July 17th, 1973 (July 17 1973)EventKing Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoing eye surgery.Ghani Khan Quotes
July 17th, 1968 (July 17 1968)EventRevolution in Iraq when Abdul Rahman Arif was overthrown and the Ba ath Party installed as the governing power in Iraq with Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr as the new Iraqi President.
July 17th, 1962 (July 17 1962)EventNuclear testing: The "Small Boy" test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site.
July 17th, 1955 (July 17 1955)EventDisneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California
July 17th, 1951 (July 17 1951)EventWestern New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts is chartered.
July 17th, 1945 (July 17 1945)EventWorld War II: Potsdam ConferenceAt Potsdam, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the three main Allied leaders, begin their final summit of the war. The meeting will end on August 2.Winston Churchill Quotes
July 17th, 1944 (July 17 1944)EventPort Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320.
July 17th, 1944 (July 17 1944)EventWorld War II: Napalm incendiary bombs were dropped for the first time by American P-38 pilots on a fuel depot at Coutances, near St. Lo, France
July 17th, 1936 (July 17 1936)EventSpanish Civil War: An Armed Forces rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain starts the Spanish civil war.
July 17th, 1933 (July 17 1933)EventAfter successfully crossing the Atlantic ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
July 17th, 1918 (July 17 1918)EventBy order of the Bolshevik Party and carried out by Cheka, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, his immediate family, and retainers were murdered at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
July 17th, 1918 (July 17 1918)EventRMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the Unterseeboot 55 with 5 lives lost.
July 17th, 1917 (July 17 1917)EventKing 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. George V of the United Kingdom Quotes
July 17th, 1899 (July 17 1899)EventNEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.
July 17th, 1856 (July 17 1856)EventThe Great Train Wreck of 1856, occurs in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania killing over 60 people.
July 17th, 1815 (July 17 1815)EventNapoleonic Wars: In France, Napoleon surrenders at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime to British forces.
July 17th, 1794 (July 17 1794)EventThe sixteen Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne are executed 10 days prior to the end of the French Revolution s Reign of Terror.
July 17th, 1791 (July 17 1791)EventMembers 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.
July 17th, 1771 (July 17 1771)EventBloody Falls Massacre: Chipewyan chief Matonabbee traveling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacre a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
July 17th, 1762 (July 17 1762)EventCatherine II becomes tzar of Russia upon the accidental murder of Peter III of Russia.
July 17th, 1686 (July 17 1686)EventA meeting takes place at Luneburg 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.
July 17th, 1453 (July 17 1453)EventHundred Years War: Battle of CastillonThe French under Jean Bureau utterly defeat the English under the Earl of Shrewsbury, who is killed in the battle in Gascony
July 17th, 1203 (July 17 1203)EventFourth Crusade captures Constantinople by assault; the Byzantine emperor Alexius III Angelus flees from his capital into exile.Stan Lee Quotes
July 17th, 0180 (July 17 0180)EventTwelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.

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