17th July

Born on this Day 17th July
1674 Isaac Watts
1889 Earle Stanley Gardner
1899 James Cagney
1917 Phyllis Diller
1920 Kenneth Wolstenholme D.F.C.
1923 John Cooper
1934 Donald Sutherland
1935 Diahann Carroll
1939 Spencer Davis
1940 Tim Brooke-Taylor
1941 Bob Taylor
1942 Peter Sissons
1946 Alun Armstrong
1947 Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
1948 Wayne Sleep
1949 Terence “Geezer” Butler
1952 David Hasselhoff
1957 Fern Britton
1960 Mark Burnett
1965 Alex Winter
1970 Mandy Smith
1975 Konnie Huq
1982 Natasha Hamilton
1983 Brooke Kinsella
1985 Tom Fletcher

1995 Juan Fangio


1965 ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ celebrated its 200th show with appearances from Billy Fury, Helen Shapiro, Dusty Springfield and The Searchers.

1972 A bomb exploded at a Rolling Stones gig in Montreal.


1964 Donald Campbell set a new land-speed world record as he passed the 403 mph mark in his ‘Bluebird’ car on the salt flats of Lake Eyre in South Australia.

1994 More than 2 billion people worldwide watched the television coverage of Brazil beating Italy in the final of the World Cup.

People & Showbiz

1841 The first edition of English magazine Punch was published in London.

1917 King George V of the United Kingdom issues a Proclamation stating that the male line descendants of the British royal family will bear the surname Windsor.

1955 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.

1981 ‘Arthur’ starring Dudley Moore opened in cinemas across the US.

1995 Sir James Spencer, aged 69, the Tory MP for Dorset West, swam across the Thames to raise money for the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund and Water Aid.

1997 Almost a week after his mystery disappearance, Humphrey the Downing Street cat was returned to No.10 by the woman who had taken him home, thinking he was a stray.

General Events

1955 Arco, Idaho, a town of 1,300 people, became the first community to receive all its light and power from atomic energy.
1975 An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind as 3 American and 2 Soviet spacemen exchanged handshakes 140 miles above the Earth.

1989 The result of 10 years work, the Stealth bomber, the world’s most revolutionary warplane made its maiden flight after 18 months delay.

1992 Security procedures at Buckingham Palace were again in doubt after an intruder was caught just 50 yards from the Queen’s bedroom.

1993 According to a MORI survey fort he Health Education Authority, over half the population wanted smoking in restaurants.
1995 As a heatwave raged across the central and eastern parts of the United States, there were 256 confirmed deaths from the heat across America. The worst-hit city was Chicago, where at least 144 were known to have died from the heat.

1997 Tens of millions of e-mail messages failed to reach their destinations around the world as the system crashed for the first time. Business messages and idle chit-chat alike were returned to sender when the master computer operated by Internic in Virginia, America sent out faulty data. Computer experts reported that the failure was unprecedented and may have cost businesses billions of dollars around the world.

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