Today in History: July 17

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UNDATED (AP) Monday, July 17, is the 198th day of 2017. There are 167 days left in the year.

  • Highlights in History:
    • On July 17, 1967, after seven dates, Jimi Hendrix quit as the opening act for the Monkees following a concert at Forest Hills Stadium in New York. (Although greatly admired by the Monkees, Hendrix had received a less than enthusiastic reception from their fans.)
    • Jazz composer-musician John Coltrane died in Long Island, New York, at age 40.
  • On this date:
    • In 1717, George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” was first performed by an orchestra during a boating party on the River Thames, with the musicians on one barge, and King George I listening from another.
    • In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
    • In 1917, during World War I, Britian’s King George V issued a proclamation decreeing that the royal family adopt the name “Windsor” while relinquishing “the Use of All German Titles and Dignities.”
    • Also in 1917, Comedian and actress Phyllis Diller was born in Lima, Ohio.
    • In 1918, Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
    • In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began as right-wing army generals launched a coup attempt against the Second Spanish Republic.
    • In 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California.
    • In 1955, Disneyland had its opening day in Anaheim, California.
    • In 1975, an Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind.
    • In 1981, 114 people were killed when a pair of suspended walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a tea dance.
    • In 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, New York, shortly after departing John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people on board.
    • In 1997, Woolworth Corp. announced it was closing its 400 remaining five-and-dime stores across the country, ending 117 years in business.
    • In 2014, all 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
  • Ten years ago:
    • Senate Democrats launched an all-night debate on the Iraq war.
    • VA Secretary Jim Nicholson abruptly resigned in the wake of charges of shoddy health care for veterans injured in the Iraq war.
    • A Brazilian passenger jet crashed while landing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing all 187 people aboard and 12 on the ground.
    • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Virginia, on charges related to competitive dogfighting. (Vick later admitted bankrolling the dogfighting operation and helping to kill six to eight dogs; he served 23 months in federal custody, the last 60 days in home confinement.)
    • The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 14,000 for the first time before ending the day at 13,971.55.
  • Five years ago:
    • Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke painted a bleak picture of where the U.S. economy was headed if Congress failed to reach agreement soon to avert a budget crisis.
    • Israel plunged toward a political crisis after the largest party in the government quit, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in charge of a hard-line coalition opposed to most Mideast peace moves.
      Basketball sensation Jeremy Lin returned to Houston after the New York Knicks decided they wouldn’t match the Rockets’ three-year, $25 million offer for the restricted free agent.
  • One year ago:
    • Three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed, less than two weeks after a black man was shot and killed by police in the city in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (The gunman was killed by tactical officers.)
    • Henrik Stenson shot an 8-under 63 to beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes, becoming the first man from Sweden to win the British Open.
  • Birthdays:
    • Actor Donald Sutherland is 85.
    • Actress-singer Diahann Carroll is 82.
    • Rock musician Spencer Davis is 78.
    • Sportscaster Verne Lundquist is 77.
    • Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor is 77.
    • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is 70.
    • Rock musician Terry “Geezer” Butler is 68.
    • Actress Lucie Arnaz is 66.
    • Actor David Hasselhoff is 65.
    • Rock musician Fran Smith Jr. (The Hooters) is 65.
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 63.
    • Television producer Mark Burnett is 57.
    • Actress Nancy Giles is 57.
    • Singer Regina Belle is 54.
    • Rock musician Kim Shattuck is 54.
    • Country singer Craig Morgan is 53.
    • Rock musician Lou Barlow is 51.
    • Contemporary Christian singer Susan Ashton is 50.
    • Actor Andre Royo is 49.
    • Actress Bitty Schram is 49.
    • Actor Jason Clarke is 48.
    • Movie director F. Gary Gray is 48.
    • Singer JC (PM Dawn) is 46.
    • Rapper Sole’ is 44.
    • Country singer Luke Bryan is 41.
    • Actor Eric Winter is 41.
    • Hockey player Marc Savard is 40.
    • Actor Mike Vogel is 38.
    • Actor Tom Cullen is 32.
    • Actor Brando Eaton is 31.
    • Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeremih is 30.
    • Actress Summer Bishil is 29.
    • Actress Billie Lourd is 25.
    • Actor Leo Howard is 20.
  • Thought for the Day:
    • “Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.” — Billie Holiday, American jazz singer (born 1915, died this date in 1959).
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