TODAY IN HISTORY (4)
July 17 in History
•2016 √Arts and culture
Protests erupt in Pakistan over the apparent “honour killing” of internet celebrity Qandeel Baloch. (Al Jazeera )
•2016 √Disasters and accidents
The Japan Meteorological Agency reports a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck 40 kilometers (25 miles) underground in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo on the main island of
Honshu. A tsunami warning has not been issued. (AP) (JMA)
July 17 is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar . There are 167 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).
•Year 180 – Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.
•1841 British humorous and satirycal magazine “Punch” first published; it finally closed in 2002
•1850 Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star (Vega)
•1856 The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people.
•1861 US Congress authorizes paper money
•1984 – The national drinking age in the United States was changed from 18 to 21.
•1998 – The 7.0 Mw Papua New Guinea earthquake triggers a tsunami that destroys ten villages in Papua New Guinea, killing up to 2,700 people, and leaving several thousand injured.
•2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 , a
Boeing 777 , crashes near the border of
Ukraine and Russia after being shot down. All 298 people on board are killed.
•2014 – A French regional train on the Pau-Bayonne line crashes into a
high-speed train near the town of
Denguin, resulting in at least 25 injuries.
2015 – At least 120 people are killed and 130 injured by a suicide bombing in Diyala Province , Iraq.