This day in history

Today is Monday, July 17, the 198th day of 2017. There are 167 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor Donald Sutherland is 85. Actress Diahann Carroll is 82. Rock musician Spencer Davis is 78. Sportscaster Verne Lundquist is 77. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is 70. Actress Lucie Arnaz is 66. Actor David Hasselhoff is 65. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 63. Representative Katherine Clark, Democrat of Massachusetts, is 54. Former Bruins’s star Marc Savard is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeremih is 30.

In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.


In 1917, during World War I, Britian’s King George V issued a proclamation decreeing that the royal family adopt the name ‘‘Windsor’’ while relinquishing ‘‘the Use of All German Titles and Dignities.’’

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In 1918, Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began as right-wing army generals launched a coup attempt against the Second Spanish Republic.

In 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.

In 1967, after seven dates, Jimi Hendrix quit as the opening act for the Monkees following a concert at Forest Hills Stadium in New York. (Although greatly admired by the Monkees, Hendrix had received a less than enthusiastic reception from their fans.) Jazz composer-saxophonist John Coltrane died in New York at age 40.


In 1975, an Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind.

In 1979, legendary Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler died in Brookline.

In 1981, 114 people were killed when a pair of suspended walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed.

In 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island after departing John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people on board.

In 1997, Woolworth Corp. announced it was closing its 400 remaining five-and-dime stores, ending 117 years in business.

In 2014, all 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.


Last year, three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed, less than two weeks after a black man was killed by police in the city in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests.