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On This Day: July 17th

This is 198th day of the year and 167 days remain in the year.

in history
1821
1898
Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War.
1917
The British royal family changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor amid anti-German senitment during World War I.
1938
"Wrong Way Corrigan" took off from New York, purportedly aiming for California and landing in Ireland.
1945
President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at the opening of the Potsdam Conference.
1955
Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.
1975
The American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft linked up for the first time.
1998
The last Russian Czar Nicholas II was buried 80 years after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
July 17 BirthdaysElbridge GerryPronunciation: [ger´E]
1744–1814, American statesman, Vice President of the United States, born in Marblehead, Mass.
Berenice Abbottphotographer
Donald Sutherlandactor
John Jacob Astormerchant
Erle Stanley Gardnerdetective-story writer



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