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Shell Falls, Wyoming

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Today (or Any Day) in History

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July 17

Today in History

1790: Thomas Saint patents the sewing machine

1938: "Wrong Way" Corrigan crosses the Atlantic (Refused permission to fly across the Atlantic, he took off for California then made a 180° turn.)

1954: First Newport Jazz Festival

1955: Disneyland opens to record crowds

1959: Billie Holiday dies

1975 Superpowers meet in space: Thomas P. Safford and Aleksei Leonov shake hands as their spacecraft dock.

1996 Flight 800 explodes over Long Island

Notable Births

1762: John Astor (fur tycoon: American Fur Company)

1889: Earl Stanley Gardner (A.A. Fair) (novelist: Perry Mason)

1899: James Cagney (Academy Award-winning actor: Yankee Doodle Dandy [1942]; Mr. Roberts, The Seven Little Foys, Man of a Thousand Faces)

1905: William Gargan (actor: Dynamite, The Canterville Ghost, Rain)

1912: Art Linkletter (TV host: House Party, Kids Say the Darndest Things)

1916: Eleanor Steber (soprano)

1917: Lou Boudreau (Baseball Hall of Famer: Baseball Writer's Award: Cleveland Indians shortstop [1948]; manager: Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Athletics; sportscaster: Chicago Cubs)

1917: Phyllis Diller (Driver) (comedienne: The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, actress: Boy Did I Get the Wrong Number)

1933: Mimi Hines (singer)

1934: Donald Sutherland (actor: JFK, Klute, Backdraft, M*A*S*H, The Dirty Dozen, National Lampoon's Animal House, Outbreak)

1935: Diahann Carroll (Carol Diahann Johnson) (actress: Claudine, Julia, Dynasty, The Five Heartbeats)

1939: Spencer Davis (musician: group: Spencer Davis Group: Keep on Runnin', Somebody Help Me, Gimme Some Lovin', I'm A Man)

1949: Terence 'Geezer' Butler (musician: bass: group: Black Sabbath: Paranoid)

1951: Lucie Arnaz (actress: They're Playing Our Song, Here's Lucy; Emmy Award-winning producer w/Laurence Luckinbill: Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie [1992-93]; Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz' daughter)

1952: David Hasselhof (actor: Bay Watch, Knight Rider, The Young and the Restless)

1952: Phoebe Snow (Laub) (singer: Poetry Man, Gone at Last)

1963: Robert Thigpen (baseball: Chicago White Sox relief pitcher: individual record for saves [57] in one season [1990])

Notable Deaths

2003: Carol Shields, Canadian author: The Stone Diaries, Larry's Party, Unless. Born June 2, 1935.

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