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Notable Historical Events for July 17th

1971Kathy Whitworth/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Four-Ball Golf Championship

1964ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace

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

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

1988117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham

1989Paul McCartney releases "This One"

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

201321st ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Serena Williams win

1054Emperor Henry III crowns his son Henry IV king

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

July 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on July 17th

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

1947Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), London England, wife of Prince Charles

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

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

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

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

July 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on July 17th

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

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

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

1999Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California

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

1990Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

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Notable Deaths on July 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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