What Happened On This Day – July 17
1998 The Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) is adopted
The ICC is the first international judicial body that has the power to try individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
1989 The Stealth Bomber makes its debut
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit made its first public flight from Palmdale, California.
1976 Indonesia annexes East Timor and declares it its 27th province
This was the culmination of an 8-month long Indonesian invasion and occupation of the Southeast Asian country that began just after East Timor declared its independence from Portugal in November, 1975.
1955 Disneyland opens its doors for the first time
The popular theme park (“The Happiest Place on Earth”) was opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
1945 The Potsdam Conference begins
The heads of the US, the UK, and USSR met in Potsdam to discuss the terms of the German and Japanese surrenders, and to make post-war plans.
Births On This Day – July 17
1954 Angela Merkel
German politician, Chancellor of Germany
1952 David Hasselhoff
American actor, singer
1947 Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
1939 Ali Khamenei
Iranian politician, 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
1899 James Cagney
Deaths On This Day – July 17
2009 Walter Cronkite
1967 John Coltrane
American saxophonist, composer
1959 Billie Holiday
American singer-songwriter, actress
1912 Henri Poincaré
French mathematician, physicist, engineer
1790 Adam Smith
Scottish philosopher, economist