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This Day in History for July 17

1775 – 1st military hospital approved.

1861 – US Congress authorizes paper money.

1867 – 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established.

1925 – Tris Speaker, is 6th to get 3,000 hits.

1935 – “Variety” publishes famous headline “Stics Nix Hick Pix”

1938 – Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan leaves NY flying for Los Angeles, winds up in Ireland supposedly by mistake.

1944 – 2 ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, California, killing 322.

1945 – Potsdam Conference: Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill hold 1st meeting.

1948 – US Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen encounters children at Templehof Airport in Berlin during the Berlin Blockade, giving him the idea to drop candy in ‘Operation Little Vittles’.

1955 – Arco, Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power.

1961 – John Chancellor becomes news anchor of “Today Show”.

1962 – Senate rejects medicare for aged.

1967 – Monkees perform at Forest Hills, NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act.

1980 – Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president.

1981 – Lobby walkways at Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency hotel collapse killing 114 and injuring over 200.

1984 – US passes National Minimum Drinking Age Act, prohibiting under 21’s from buying or possessing alcohol as a condition of receiving State highway funds.

1989 – Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances.

1995 – Forbes Magazine announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world with a net worth of $12.9 billion dollars.

2012 – 17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

2018 – Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of “strongman politics” in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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