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This Day In History: July 17

This Day in History

1945: The Potsdam Conference begins, with the leaders of the United States, the Soviet Union, and Britain agreeing on the disarmament of Germany, occupation zones, and war crimes trials.
1948: The States' Rights Party, made up of "Dixiecrats" opposed to Pres. Harry Truman 's civil rights agenda, forms; it nominates Strom Thurmond of South Carolina for president.
1955: Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California.
1989: The B-2 Stealth bomber makes its first successful test flight.
1996: TWA Flight 800 explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 aboard.

Today's Birthdays

1763: John Jacob Astor, fur trader/banker/real estate magnate (Germany; died 1848)
1889: Erle Stanley Gardner, mystery writer (Malden, MA; died 1970)
1898: Berenice Abbott, photographer (Springfield, OH; died 1991)
1899: James Cagney, actor (New York, NY; died 1986)
1912: Art Linkletter, TV personality (Saskatchewan, Canada)
1917: Lou Boudreau, baseball player/manager (Harvey, IL; died 2001). Phyllis Diller, comedian/actress (Lima, OH)
1920: Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president (Barcelona, Spain)
1934: Donald Sutherland, actor (St. John, New Brunswick, Canada)
1935: Diahann Carroll, actress/singer (Bronx, NY)
1951: Lucie Arnaz, actress (Los Angeles, CA)
1952: David Hasselhoff, actor (Baltimore, MD). Phoebe Snow, singer (New York, NY)
1968: Bitty Schram, actor (New York, NY)


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