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Events of July 17th:

July 17th is the 198th day of the year (199th day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 167 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about July 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on July 17th:

1872 Sir James Somerville (British Admiral)

1899 James Cagney (actor)

James Cagney

1917 Phyllis Diller (actress, comedienne)

1935 Donald Sutherland (actor)

Donald Sutherland

1939 Ali Khamenei (Supreme Leader of Iran)

1940 Tim Brooke-Taylor (actor)

1942 Peter Sissons (journalist)

1944 Catherine Schell (actress)

1949 Geezer Butler (bass player - Black Sabbath)

1952 David Hasselhoff (actor, singer)

1954 Angel Merkel (German Chancellor 2005-)

1957 Fern Britton (TV host)

1965 Alex Winter (film director, actor)

1970 Mandy Smith (model, singer)

1975 Konnie Huq (TV host)

July 17th in History:

1899 NEC Corporation is created, the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.

1917 British royal family changes their surname to Windsor.

1936 Spanish Civil War begins with an armed forces rebellion.

1955 Disneyland opens in California.

1973 King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed while out of the country for surgery.

1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: US and Soviet spacecraft dock in orbit.

Apollo-Soyuz Test mission

1981 Queen Elizabeth II opens the Humber Bridge.

Queen Elizabeth II

1989 First flight of the B-2 Spirit bomber.


1995 NASDAQ index exceeds 1,000 for the first time.

1996 TWA Flight 800 explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York.

July 17th is also:

Constition Day (South Korea)

Feast of Saint Cynllo (Catholicism)

Gion Matsuri festival (, Japan)


People born on July 17th are Cancer


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