1717: When Water Music is premiered by George Frideric Handel, King George I goes down the Thames River on a barge with fifty musicians.
1762: After Peter III of Russia is murdered, Catherine II becomes Russia’s Tsar.
1771: During the Bloody Falls Massacre, a group of Inuit are murdered by Matonabbee – a Chipewyan chief that was serving as a guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic expedition.
1791: During the French Revolution, the French National Guard led by General Lafayette fires upon a crown of Jacobins at Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
1867: The first dental school to be opened in the United States that is affiliated with a university is the Harvard School of Dental Medicine which is established on this date in Boston, Massachusetts.
1902: The first air conditioner is created by Willis Carrier in Buffalo, New York on this day.
1944: At Port Chicago near San Francisco, California, 2 vessels that were carrying ammunition for the war explode. Over 300 people are killed.
1944: During World War 2, Napalm bombs are dropped for the first time on a fuel depot at Coutances, France by American P-38 pilots.
1944: During World War 2, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is strafed by Allied planes at Sainte-Foy-de-Montgommery in Normandy.
1945: Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin meet in Potsdam, Germany to determine what is going to happen to defeated Germany.
1955: In Anaheim, California, Disneyland is dedicated and opened to the public by Walt Disney.
Famous Birthdays on July 17
American actor James Cagney is born in 1899.
American chemist and microbiologist, Frank Olson is born in 1910.
Canadian-American radio and TV host, Art Linkletter is born in 1912.
American comedian, actress and voice artist, Phyllis Diller is born in 1917.
American physicist and inventor of the laser, Gordon Gould is born in 1920.
German chemist and 8th Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is born in 1954.
American author and scree, J. Michael Straczynski is born in 1954.