Today is Wednesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2019 with 167 to follow.

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The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include English clergyman/author Isaac Watts in 1674; financier John Jacob Astor in 1763; actor James Cagney in 1899; TV personality Art Linkletter in 1912; comedian Phyllis Diller in 1917; actor Donald Sutherland in 1935 (age 84); actor/singer Diahann Carroll in 1935 (age 84); musician Peter Schickele in 1935 (age 84); Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei in 1939 (age 80); rock musician Spencer Davis in 1939 (age 80); basketball Hall of Fame member Connie Hawkins in 1942; Camilla Parker Bowles, duchess of Cornwall, in 1947 (age 72); actor Lucie Arnaz in 1951 (age 68); actor David Hasselhoff in 1952 (age 67); singer Nicolette Larson in 1952; singer Phoebe Snow in 1952; German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 1954 (age 65); filmmaker Wong Kar-wai in 1958 (age 61); TV producer Mark Burnett in 1960 (age 59); actress Beth Littleford in 1968 (age 51); motorcycle racer Carey Hart in 1975 (age 44); country singer Luke Bryan in 1976 (age 43); actor Billie Lourd in 1992 (age 27).

 

On this date in history:

In 1918, Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family were killed by Bolsheviks who had held them captive for two months. Though the whereabouts of their bodies was unknown for years, later DNA tests confirmed their identities and they were buried together in a St. Petersburg cathedral in 1998.

In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began with an army revolt led by Gen. Francisco Franco.

In 1955, Arco, Idaho, a town of 1,300 people, became the first community in the world to receive all its light and power from atomic energy.

In 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.

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In 1975, three U.S. and two Soviet spacemen linked their orbiting Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft for historic handshakes 140 miles above Earth.

In 1981, 114 people were killed and 200 injured in the collapse of two suspended walkways at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

In 1996, TWA Flight 800, New York to Paris, crashed off the Long Island coast, killing all 230 people aboard the Boeing 747.

In 2006, an earthquake under the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Java, killing about 700 people.

In 2007, a Brazilian Airbus airliner skidded off a runway as it landed at Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport and crashed into a building. Authorities placed the death toll at 200.

In 2009, Walter Cronkite, television news broadcaster often referred to as the most trusted man in America, died at age 92.

In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 carrying 298 people was shot down over rebel-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. All aboard the Boeing 777 were killed, including dozens of children.

In 2018, Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage broke the WNBA's single-game record for points scored -- 53 -- in a 104-87 win against the New York Liberty in Arlington, Texas.

A thought for the day: "Democracy must be our answer to terrorism." -- Angela Merkel