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Today In History - July 17

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Today in History 1585 the English secret service discovered a murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I; in 1917 by Royal Proclamation the British Royal family name was changed to Windsor; and  in 1918 Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last Tsar of Russia, his family and staff were executed.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1054 - Emperor Henry III crowns his son Henry IV king
  • 1585 - English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I
  • 1603 - Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James
  • 1762 - Catherine II becomes tsarina of Russia upon the murder of Peter III
  • 1917 - Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor
  • 1945 - Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting
  • 1954 - Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
  • 1959 - Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) that lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago
  • 1964 - ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace
  • 1972 - 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico
  • 1978 - NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out
  • 1996 - TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.
  • 2004 - Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators
  • 2004 - Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids
  • 2005 - Tiger Woods wins his 10th major winning The British Open Championship by 5 strokes. Woods becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1876 - Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, lived to be 115 years old, born in Flint, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1889 - Erle Stanley Gardner, Malden Mass., US detective writer (Perry Mason), (d. 1970)
  • 1899 - James Cagney, New York City, NY, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy)
  • 1917 - Phyllis Diller, Lima Ohio, comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), (d. 2012)
  • 1921 - Toni Stone [Marcenia Lyle Alberga], St. Paul Minnesota, American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league)
  • 1947 - Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), wife of Prince Charles, born in London, England
  • 1951 - Lucie Arnaz, actress (Kim-Here's Lucy, Jazz Singer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 - David Hasselhoff, Balt Md, actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch)

Famous Weddings

  • 1954 - Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)
  • 1988 - NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1990 - Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton
  • 1990 - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (56) weds Suha Tawil (27)
  • 1999 - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California
  • 1999 - Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele
  • 1999 - Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2005 - Actor Ethan Embry (27) weds actress Sunny Mabrey (29)
  • 2006 - "Wheel of Fortune" Original host Chuck Woolery (65) weds Kim Barnes at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
  • 2010 - Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles
  • 2010 - Boston Celtics star player Paul Pierce (32) weds interior-designer Julie Landrum (27) at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1975 - Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce

Famous Deaths

  • 1881 - Jim Bridger, American mountain man, Indian fighter, and explorer (b. 1804)
  • 1918 - Aleksei N Romanov, son and heir of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 13
  • 1918 - Alexandra Fjodorova, wife of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death at 46
  • Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia NikolaevnaGrand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna (1918) 1918 - Anastasia Nikolaevna, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 17
  • 1918 - Botkin, personal physician of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 - Charitonov, cook of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 - Demidova, lady in waiting of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 - Maria Romanova, daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 - Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last Tsar of Russia, executed at 50
  • 1918 - Olga Romanova, daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 - Tatyana Romanova, daughter of RussianTsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 - Trupp, lackey of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1959 - Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44
  • 1961 - Ty Cobb, baseball great (Det Tigers), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1967 - John Coltrane, US jazz sax/composer (Round Midnight), dies of cancer at 40
  • 2009 - Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)
  • 2014 - Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut, dies from complications from back surgery at 80
  • 2014 - Elaine Stritch, American actress, dies at 89

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