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Notable Historical Events for July 17th

200513th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

2005Tiger Woods wins his 10th major winning The British Open Championship by 5 strokes. Woods becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once

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

1974John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

1983112th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 275 at Royal Birkdale

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

2013U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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

1585English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I

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

July 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on July 17th

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)

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

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

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

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

July 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on July 17th

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

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)

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

July 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on July 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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