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July 17: This Day That Year

July 17

- 1821 - Spain cedes Florida to US.

- 1850 - 1st photograph of a star (Vega) taken by Harvard Observatory.

- 1861 - USA: Congress authorizes paper money

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

- 1919 - Finland adopts its constitution.

- 1944 - 322 people were killed when 2 ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago, California.

- 1954 - Birthday: Angela Merkel, German politician, Chancellor of Germany, born in Hamburg, West Germany.

- 1973 - Afghanistan: Military coup, King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees.

- 1988 - About 600 million TV-viewers watch Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute.

- 1995 - Forbes Magazine announces Bill Gates richest man in the world (Net Worth $12.9B).

- 2014 - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 got shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members.

- 2015 - Iraq: Suicide bomber in Khan Bani Saad, killed 120 people, ISIS claims responsibility.

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