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 This day in History - July 17
394 Historic Events for July 17
1979

All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pitts Pirates)

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1979

Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza flees to Miami

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1979

Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament

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1979

Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo

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1980

Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for president

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1980

Bolivian military coup; general Garcia Meza becomes president

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1980

Zenko Suzuki becomes premier of Japan

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1980

Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), dies at 68

Death
1981

Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta

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1981

USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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1981

Lobby Walkways at KC's Hyatt Regency collapse 114 die, 200 injured

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1981

Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut

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1981

Humbar Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens

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1981

"This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 perfs

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1983

112th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 275 at Royal Birkdale

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1983

Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald's Kids Golf Classic

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1983

1st USFL championship (Mich Panthers beats Phila Stars 24-22)

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1984

J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars and Stripes Forever), dies at 89

Death
1984

Pierre Mauroy resigns as premier of France

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1984

Soyuz T-12 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 7

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1985

Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor

Death
1985

Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93

Death
1986

Emmy 13th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 7th time

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1987

10 teens die in Guadalupe River flood (Comfort, Tx)

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1987

Don Mattingly is 2nd to hit HRs in 7 straight AL games (en route to 8)

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