July 17 in Pop Culture History
1429 – Charles VII of France was crowned the King of France in the Reims Cathedral after a successful campaign by Joan of Arc.
1856 – The Great Train Wreck of 1856 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, injured over 100, and killed over 60 people.
1899 – NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital. Today, NEC has structured its organization around three principal segments: IT solutions, network solutions and electronic devices.
1918 – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family were murdered by Bolshevik Chekists at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
1838 – Douglas Corrigan took off from Brooklyn to fly the “wrong way” to Ireland and becomes known as “Wrong Way” Corrigan.
1955 – Disneyland was dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
1981 – A structural failure caused the collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.
1984 – The national drinking age in the United States was changed from 18 to 21.
1987 – Robocop and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (re-issue) Jaws IV: The Revenge, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Ping Pong and Good Morning, Babylon were released in theaters.
1989 – First flight of the Northrop B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
1992 – Honey I Blew Up The Kid, a Stranger Among Us and Man Trouble debuted in theaters.
1998 – The Mask of Zorro was released in theaters.
1999 – #1 Hit July 17, 1999 – July 23, 1999: Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills
2002 – Eight Legged Freaks debuted in theaters.
2009 – (500) Days of Summer was released in theaters.
2013 – Turbo was released in theaters.
2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777, was shot down near the border of Ukraine and Russia. All 298 people on board were killed.
2015 – Ant-Man and Trainwreck debuted in theaters.