Tuesday, July 17, 2012

17th of July

It is the 198th day of the year and only 167 days are remaining.

1717 - King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel's Water Music is premiered.

1771 - Known as the Bloody Falls Massacre, Chipewyan Chief Matonabbee, traveling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on is Arctic overland journey, massacres a group of unsuspecting Inuit.

1918 - On the orders of the Bolshevik Party carried out by Cheka, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers are murdered at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

1918 - The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors of the Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55, 5 lives are lost.

1944 - Napalm incendiary bombs are dropped for the first time by American P-38 pilots on a fuel depot at Coutances, near St. Lo, France.

1955 - Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.

1989 - It is the first flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.

1998 - A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 3,183 leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless.

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