Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today in History: Thursday, July 17, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On July 17, 1936, the Spanish Civil War began as Gen. Francisco Franco led an uprising of army troops based in North Africa.
 
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On this date in:
1821Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1898Spanish troops in Santiago, Cuba, surrendered to U.S. forces during the Spanish-American War.
1917With the country at war with Germany, the British royal family changed its name from the German Saxe-Coburg Gotha to Windsor.
1918Russia's Czar Nicholas II, his wife and their five children were executed by the Bolsheviks.
1945President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.
1948Southern Democrats opposed to the party's position on civil rights met in Birmingham, Ala., to endorse South Carolina Gov. Strom Thurmond for president.
1955Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.
1961Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb died at age 74.
1967Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died at age 40.
1981A pair of walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a dance, killing 114 people.
1996TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 bound for Paris, exploded and crashed off Long Island, N.Y., shortly after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport. All 230 people aboard were killed.
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2000Bashar Assad succeeded his late father, Hafez Assad, becoming Syria's 16th head of state.
2009Former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite died at age 92.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today's Birthdays:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel turns 60 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Diahann CarrollActress, singer79
Donald SutherlandActor79
Spencer DavisRock singer, musician72
Connie HawkinsBasketball Hall of Famer72
Terry "Geezer" ButlerRock musician (Black Sabbath)65
Lucie ArnazActress63
David HasselhoffActor ("Baywatch," "Knight Rider")62
Bryan TrottierHockey Hall of Famer58
Mark BurnettTV producer ("Survivor," "The Apprentice")54
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, turns 67 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Jackson
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