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Notable Historical Events for July 17th

1978Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him

2004Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

1603Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James

1978NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out

1762Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III

1995Forbes Mag announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world ($12.9B)

1994Beth Daniel wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic

1917Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

1959Paleoanthropologist 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

1990NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

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Notable Birthdays on July 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on July 17th

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

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

1990Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

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

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

July 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on July 17th

1918Anastasia Nikolaevna, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 17

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

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

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

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

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

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