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Notable Historical Events for July 17th

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

1983Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald's Kids Golf Classic

1974John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

1603Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James

1990NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

1998Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died

1994Beth Daniel wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic

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

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

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

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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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

1990Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

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

July 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on July 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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