Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Japan (祇園祭 is one of the most famous festivals. It lasts all of July and ends with the Yamaboko Junkō parade on July 17 and 24. Initially, it was dedicated to fighting the plague in 869)
International Firgun Day (In 2014, Made in JLM, an Israeli non-profit community group, set out to create "International Firgun Day", a holiday celebrated yearly on July 17, where people share compliments or express genuine pride in the accomplishment of others on social media)
World Emoji Day (International is an unofficial holiday. Celebrated annually since 2014, NBC reported that the day was Twitter's top trending item on July 17 in 2015)
Yellow Pig Day (is a monthly collaborative art project celebrating the United States' wide array of bizarre national holidays)
In 2017 researchers at the University of Tokyo demonstrate a breathable nanoscale mesh with an electronic sensor that can be worn on the skin for a week without discomfort, and could potentially monitor a person's health continuously over a long period. Also researchers in California report how carbon sequestration in the ocean can be made 500 times faster, by simply adding a common enzyme to the process.
1989 – First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
1984 – The national drinking age in the United States was changed from 18 to 21.
1979 – Nicaraguan dictator General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida, United States.
1975 – Apollo–Soyuz Test Project: An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.
1953 – The largest number of United States midshipman casualties in a single event results from an aircraft crash in Florida, killing 44.
1944 – World War II: Napalm incendiary bombs are dropped for the first time by American P-38 pilots on a fuel depot at Coutances, near Saint-Lô, France.
1903 – the first Tour de France was won by Maurice Garin.
1902 – Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.
1899 – NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.
1867 – Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the first dental school in the U.S. that is affiliated with a university.
1994 – Kali Uchis, American singer-songwriter. She released her first EP, Por Vida, in 2015 to further recognition.
1992 – Billie Lourd, American actress. She also appears as Lieutenant Connix in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019).
1987 – Jeremih, American singer-songwriter and producer. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings.
1986 – DeAngelo Smith, American football player. DeAngelo Lamar Smith (born July 17, 1986) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.
1986 – Lacey Von Erich, American wrestler. Lacey Dawn Adkisson (born July 17, 1986) is an American retired professional wrestler best known by her ring name Lacey Von Erich.
1983 – Adam Lind, American baseball player. Adam Alan Lind (born July 17, 1983) is an American professional baseball first baseman who is currently a free agent.
1980 – Ryan Miller, American ice hockey player. Ryan Dean Miller (born July 17, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
1979 – Mike Vogel, American actor. He starred as the male lead in the NBC military drama series The Brave for the 2017–18 season.
1978 – Jason Jennings, American baseball player. He pitched in Major League Baseball with the Colorado Rockies (2001-2006), Houston Astros (2007) and Texas Rangers (2008-2009).
1978 – Panda Bear, American musician and songwriter. The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca; Chinese: 大熊猫; pinyin: dà xióng māo), also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China.
1976 – Dagmara Domińczyk, Polish-American actress. She has appeared in the films Rock Star (2001), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Kinsey (2004), Trust the Man (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Running with Scissors (2006), Higher Ground (2011), The Letter (2012), The Immigrant (2013), and Big Stone Gap (2014).
1976 – Luke Bryan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He began his music career writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington – before signing with Capitol Nashville with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd, in 2007.
1973 – Eric Moulds, American football player. Eric Shannon Moulds (born July 17, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
1972 – Donny Marshall, American basketball player and sportscaster. Donny Marshall (born July 17, 1972) is an American retired professional basketball player who played five seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Jersey Nets.
1972 – Elizabeth Cook, American singer and guitarist. Cook, "the daughter of a hillbilly singer married to a moonshiner who played his upright bass while in a prison band", was "virtually unknown to the pop masses" before she made a debut appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in June 2012.
1972 – Eric Williams, American basketball player. In Inward Hunger, Williams recounts that in the period following his graduation: "I was severely handicapped in my research by my lack of money....
1972 – Jason Rullo, American drummer. Jason Rullo (born July 17, 1972) is an American drummer, who is one of the founding members of progressive metal band Symphony X.
1971 – Calbert Cheaney, American basketball player and coach. Cheaney ended his career as a three-time All-American and remains the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer with 2,613 career points.
1966 – Lou Barlow, American guitarist and songwriter. His first band, in Amherst, Massachusetts, was Deep Wound.
1965 – Alex Winter, English-American actor, film director and screenwriter. He is also known for his role as Marko in the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys; co-writing, co-directing, and starring in the 1993 film Freaked; and directing documentaries in the 2010s.
1965 – Craig Morgan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2002, Morgan signed to the independent Broken Bow Records, on which he released three studio albums: 2003's I Love It, 2005's My Kind of Livin', and 2006's Little Bit of Life.
1963 – Regina Belle, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. The theme song "Far Longer than Forever" from the animated movie The Swan Princess, performed with Jeffrey Osborne, was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song.
1960 – Dawn Upshaw, American soprano. Many composers, including Henri Dutilleux, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Adams, and Kaija Saariaho, have written for her.
1960 – Mark Burnett, English-American screenwriter and producer. Mark Burnett (born 17 July 1960) is a British television producer who is the current Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group.
1960 – Nancy Giles, American journalist and actress. Nancy Giles (born July 17, 1960) is an American actress and commentator, perhaps best known for her appearances in the series China Beach and on CBS News Sunday Morning.
1958 – Thérèse Rein, Australian businesswoman, founded Ingeus. Thérèse Rein /təˈreɪz ˈreɪn/ (born 17 July 1958) is an Australian entrepreneur who is the founder of Ingeus, an international employment and business psychology services company.
1957 – Bruce Crump, American drummer and songwriter (d. 2015), was the drummer with the rock band Molly Hatchet from 1976 to 1982 (including their 1980 hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster" ) and 1984 to 1991. He also played as a member of the Canadian band Streetheart in the early 1980s, appearing on their Live After Dark recording, and joined several of his former Molly Hatchet bandmates in the band Gator Country in the mid-2000s.
1957 – Wendy Freedman, Canadian-American cosmologist and astronomer. Wendy Laurel Freedman (born July 17, 1957) is a Canadian-American astronomer, best known for her measurement of the Hubble constant, and as director of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, and Las Campanas, Chile.
1956 – Bryan Trottier, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach. Bryan John Trottier (born July 17, 1956) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.
1955 – Paul Stamets, American mycologist and author. Paul Edward Stamets (born July 17, 1955) is an American mycologist and entrepreneur who sells various mushroom products through his company.
1954 – J. Michael Straczynski, American author, screenwriter, and producer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998) and its spinoff Crusade (1999), as well as the series Jeremiah (2002–2004), and Sense8 (2015–2018).
1952 – David Hasselhoff, American actor, singer, and producer. David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman, who set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV.
1952 – Nicolette Larson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1997). She is perhaps best known for her work in the late 1970s with Neil Young and her 1978 hit single of Young's "Lotta Love", which hit No. 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 8 on the pop singles chart.
1952 – Robert R. McCammon, American author. Robert Rick McCammon (born July 17, 1952) is an American novelist from Birmingham, Alabama.
1951 – Lucie Arnaz, American actress and singer. Lucie Désirée Arnaz (born July 17, 1951) is an American actress, singer, and producer.
1951 – Mark Bowden, American journalist and author. He is best known for his book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (1999) about the 1993 U.S. military raid in Mogadishu, Somalia.
1950 – Phoebe Snow, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011), was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, known for her hit 1975 songs "Poetry Man" and "Harpo's Blues". She was described by The New York Times as a "contralto grounded in a bluesy growl and capable of sweeping over four octaves."
1949 – Charley Steiner, American journalist and sportscaster. He is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers, paired with Rick Monday.
1948 – Ron Asheton, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2009). Ronald Franklin Asheton (July 17, 1948 – c.
1946 – Chris Crutcher, American novelist and short story writer. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2000 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
1943 – LaVyrle Spencer, American author and educator. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.
1942 – Connie Hawkins, American basketball player, was an American basketball player in the American Basketball League (ABL), American Basketball Association(ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA), Harlem Globetrotters, and Harlem Wizards. A New York City playground legend, “The Hawk” was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
1942 – Don Kessinger, American baseball player and manager. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox.
1941 – Daryle Lamonica, American football player. Daryle Pasquale Lamonica (born July 17, 1941) is a former American football quarterback who played in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL).
1935 – Diahann Carroll, American actress and singer, was an African-American actress, singer, model, and activist. She rose to prominence in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959).
1935 – Peter Schickele, American composer and educator. Peter Schickele (/ˈʃɪkəli/; born July 17, 1935) is an American composer, musical educator, and parodist, best known for comedy albums featuring his music, but which he presents as being composed by the fictional P.
1932 – Hal Riney, American businessman, founded Publicis & Hal Riney (d. 2008), was an American advertising executive.
1932 – Johnny Kerr, American basketball player and coach (d. 2009). He later held several coaching and administrative positions before embarking on a thirty-three year career as a television color commentator for the Chicago Bulls.
1932 – Karla Kuskin, American author and illustrator (d. 2009), was a prolific author, poet, illustrator, and reviewer of children's literature. Kuskin was known for her poetic, alliterative style.
1928 – Vince Guaraldi, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976), was an American jazz pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated television adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip, as well as his performances on piano as a member of Cal Tjader's 1950s ensembles and for his own solo career. His 1962 composition "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" became a radio hit and won a Grammy Award in 1963 for Best Original Jazz Composition.
1926 – Willis Carto, American activist and theorist (d. 2015), was an American political activist on the American far right. He described himself as Jeffersonian and populist, but was primarily known for his promotion of antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.
1925 – Jimmy Scott, American singer and actor (d. 2014), was an American jazz vocalist known for his high natural contralto voice and his sensitivity on ballads and love songs.
1923 – Jeanne Block, American psychologist (d. 1981). She conducted research into sex-role socialization and, with her husband Jack Block, created a person-centered personality framework.
1921 – Mary Osborne, American guitarist (d. 1992), was an American jazz guitarist.
1921 – Toni Stone, American baseball player (d. 1996), was the first of three women to play professional baseball, as a part of the Negro League. Stone attended Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1920 – Gordon Gould, American physicist and academic, invented the laser (d. 2005), was an American physicist who is often credited with the invention of the laser. (Others attribute the invention to Theodore Maiman). Gould is best known for his thirty-year fight with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to obtain patents for the laser and related technologies.
1918 – Red Sovine, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1980), was an American country music singer and songwriter associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives but set to music. His most noted examples are "Giddyup Go" (1965) and "Teddy Bear" (1976), both of which topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
1917 – Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (d. 2001). Louis Boudreau (nicknamed "Old Shufflefoot," "Handsome Lou" or "The Good Kid"; July 17, 1917 – August 10, 2001) was an American professional baseball player and manager.
1917 – Phyllis Diller, American actress, comedian, and voice artist (d. 2012), was an American actress and comedienne, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh.
1915 – Arthur Rothstein, American photographer and educator (b. 1985). Rothstein is recognized as one of America’s premier photojournalists.
1914 – Eleanor Steber, American soprano and educator (d. 1990), was an American operatic soprano. Steber is noted as one of the first major opera stars to have achieved the highest success with training and a career based in the United States.
1913 – Bertrand Goldberg, American architect, designed the Marina City Building (d. 1997), was an American architect and industrial designer, best known for the Marina City complex in Chicago, Illinois, the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world at the time of completion.
1912 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host (d. 2010), was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, which aired on NBC radio and television for 19 years.
1911 – Lionel Ferbos, American trumpet player (d. 2014), was an American jazz trumpeter. He was from New Orleans, Louisiana.
1910 – Frank Olson, American chemist and microbiologist (d. 1953), was an American bacteriologist, biological warfare scientist, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked at Camp Detrick (now Fort Detrick) in Maryland. At a meeting in rural Maryland, he was covertly dosed with LSD by his CIA supervisor and, nine days later, plunged to his death from the window of a 10th-story New York City hotel room.
1901 – Luigi Chinetti, Italian-American race car driver (d. 1994), was an Italian-born racecar driver, who emigrated to the United States during World War II. He drove in 12 consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans races, taking 3 outright wins there and taking 2 more at the Spa 24 Hours race.
1899 – James Cagney, American actor and dancer (d. 1986), was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing, he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances.
1898 – Berenice Abbott, American photographer (d. 1991), was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s.
1889 – Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (d. 1970). He is best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, but he wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces and also a series of nonfiction books, mostly narrations of his travels through Baja California and other regions in Mexico.
1871 – Lyonel Feininger, German-American painter and illustrator (d. 1956), was a German-American painter, and a leading exponent of Expressionism. He also worked as a caricaturist and comic strip artist.
1839 – Ephraim Shay, American engineer, invented the Shay locomotive (d. 1916), was an American merchant, entrepreneur and self-taught railroad engineer who worked in the state of Michigan. He designed the first Shay locomotive and patented the type.
1823 – Leander Clark, American businessman, judge, and politician (d. 1910), was an American businessman, Iowa state legislator, Union Army officer during the Civil War, and Indian agent who was the namesake for Leander Clark College.
1763 – John Jacob Astor, German-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1848), was a German–American businessman, merchant, real estate mogul and investor who mainly made his fortune in fur trade and by investing in real estate in or around New York City.
1744 – Elbridge Gerry, American merchant and politician, 5th Vice President of the United States (d. 1814). Elbridge Thomas Gerry (/ˈɡɛri/; July 17, 1744 (O.S.
2015 – Bill Arnsparger, American football player and coach (b. 1926)
2015 – Van Miller, American sportscaster (b. 1927)
2014 – Elaine Stritch, American actress and singer (b. 1925)
2014 – Henry Hartsfield, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1933)
2013 – Don Flye, American tennis player (b. 1933)
2012 – İlhan Mimaroğlu, Turkish-American composer and producer (b. 1926)
2012 – Forrest S. McCartney, American general (b. 1931)
2012 – William Raspberry, American journalist and academic (b. 1935)
2010 – Larry Keith, American actor (b. 1931)
2009 – Walter Cronkite, American journalist and actor (b. 1916)
2007 – Grant Forsberg, American actor and businessman (b. 1959)
2006 – Mickey Spillane, American crime novelist (b. 1918)
2006 – Sam Myers, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)