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July 17 Birthdays

Elbridge Gerry
Pronunciation: [ger´E]
1744–1814, American statesman, Vice President of the United States, born in Marblehead, Mass.

John Jacob Astor
merchant (1763)

Erle Stanley Gardner
detective-story writer (1889)

Berenice Abbott
photographer (1898)

Donald Sutherland
actor (1934)

July 17 in History


Spain ceded Florida to the United States.


Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War.


The British royal family changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor amid anti-German senitment during World War I.


"Wrong Way Corrigan" took off from New York, purportedly aiming for California and landing in Ireland.


President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at the opening of the Potsdam Conference.


Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.


The American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft linked up for the first time.


The last Russian Czar Nicholas II was buried 80 years after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

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