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Notable Historical Events for July 17th

1934Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland

2004Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids

1603Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James

1941NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland

201321st ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Serena Williams win

1945Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting

200513th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

1961Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th

1926Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)

2005134th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 274 at St Andrews

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Notable Birthdays on July 17th

1956Bryan Trottier, Val Marie Saskatchewan, NHL Center (NY Islanders)

1899James Cagney, New York City, NY, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

1952David Hasselhoff, Balt Md, actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch)

1921Toni Stone [Marcenia Lyle Alberga], St. Paul Minnesota, American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league)

1889Erle Stanley Gardner, Malden Mass., US detective writer (Perry Mason), (d. 1970)

1917Phyllis Diller, Lima Ohio, comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), (d. 2012)

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Notable Weddings on July 17th

1988NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

1999Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California

1990Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (56) weds Suha Tawil (27)

1954Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

1999Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele

1990Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

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Notable Deaths on July 17th

1959Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

1967John Coltrane, US jazz sax/composer (Round Midnight), dies at 40

1918Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last Tsar of Russia, executed at 50

1790Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher (b. 1723)

1961Ty Cobb, baseball great (Det Tigers), dies of cancer at 74

2009Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)

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