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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining July 17. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is July 17 so important!

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Top 10 July 17 facts that will blow your mind.

  1. In July 1975, a 17 year old boy in Bermuda was killed when a taxi struck him, knocking him off his moped. He died exactly a year after his 17 year old brother was killed while riding the same moped, in the same intersection, by the same taxi driver carrying the same passenger.

  2. Since its creation in July 2010, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped return more than $10.1 billion to more than 17 million consumers tricked by deceptive financial practices

  3. In 1920, The New York Times ridiculed Robert H. Goddard and claimed that rockets could not function in space. On July 17, 1969, a day after the Apollo 11 launch, NYT formally acknowledged their error

  4. On July 17, 1955, within a week of Disneyland opening, operator error resulted in the caboose of the Disneyland Railroad crashing and derailing. During the ensuing commotion, the brakeman at fault "quietly left the scene of the accident, exited the park, and was not seen again".

  5. Air Conditioning was invented today (July 17) in 1902 by Willis Carrier

  6. On July 4th, 2012, San Diego had planned a 17 minute firework show but it lasted less than a minute when all the fireworks discharged simultaneously.

  7. On July 17, 1914, New York Giants outfielder Red Murray caught a fly ball to end a 21 inning marathon game. As he caught the ball, he was struck by lightning and knocked unconscious.

  8. July 17, 1972 saw the first two women special agents enter service at the FBI. They were Susan Roley Malone, a former US Marine, and Joanne Pierce, a former nun.

  9. Bobby Bonilla, a former baseball player who hasn't played for the New York Mets in 17 years, negotiated a deferred money contract that will pay him $1.19 million every July 1st until 2035

  10. On July 17, 1914, New York giants outfielder Red Murray caught a fly ball to end a 21 inning marathon game. As he caught the ball, he was struck by lightning and knocked unconscious. He did hold on to the ball, and the game was over.

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On July 17, 1969, forty nine years after its article ridiculing Goddard, the New York Times printed a "Correction" admitting that rockets function very well in a vacuum and regretting the error.

The campaign began with the invasion of Sicily on July 9, 1943 and ended on August 17 with an Allied victory. The invasion of Sicily was codenamed "Operation Husky."

In July 1975, a 17 year old boy was killed while riding his moped. He was killed exactly a year after his 17 year old brother was killed while riding the same moped, in the same intersection, by the same taxi driver carrying the same passenger.

In North Korea, people do not celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17 because these were the dates of the deaths of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, respectively. More than 100,000 North Koreans celebrate displaced birthdays on July 9 or December 18 to avoid these dates.

There are two types of cicadas: annual and periodical. Annual cicadas can be seen every year or every second year from July to August. Periodical cicadas can be seen every 13 to 17 years during the May and early June.

In 1920 NYT Editorial Board mocked Robert Goddard's proposal to send a man to the moon using a multi-staged rocket. NYT issued a retraction on July 17, 1969 saying investigation and experimentation confirmed the idea did not contradict the laws of physics. The Times regrets the error.

Edmund Kemper was convicted of killing 10 people & necrophilia between 8/27/64 - 4/20/73. He's serving life in prison at the California Medical Facility where he was denied parole in July '07, July '12. He's up for parole again in July '17. To this day he's afraid of committing the same crimes.

On July 14, 1938, Howard Hughes set a record by completing a flight around the world in just 91 hours (three days, 19 hours, 17 minutes)

A 14 August 1912 article from a New Zealand newspaper and a 17 July 1912 article from an Australian newspaper contained a brief story about how burning coal might produce future warming by adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

North Koreans who are born on either July 8 or December 17 can't celebrate their birthdays, as it clashes with the anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il

Disneyland's Opening Day on July 17, 1955, was dubbed Black Sunday after there were numerous mishaps, including unfinished rides, lack of food and people sneaking into the park without paying by using ladders.

From groundbreaking on July 16 1954 to opening day on July 17 1955, Disneyland was built in just one year

On July 17, 1944, the Port Chicago disaster killed 320 sailors and civilians when deadly munitions exploded while being loaded onto a cargo vessel bound for the Pacific Theater of Operations

The traditional horoscope dates are wrong - over thousands of years the true dates have changed by about a month: Capr: Jan. 20, Aqu: Feb. 16, Pisc: March 11, Aries: Apr 18; Taur: May 13; Gem, June 21; Cancer: July 20; Leo, Aug. 10; Vir: Sept. 16; Lib, Oct. 30; Scor: Nov. 23; Sag: Dec. 17.

The 1989 Academy Awards were so bad that 17 Hollywood legends, including Julie Andrews, signed an open letter calling it an "embarrassment to the entire motion picture industry"

Arco, Idaho (population 995) was the first community in the world ever to be lit by electricity generated solely by nuclear power. This occurred for about an hour on July 17, 1955.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) first flew on 17 July 1997, exactly 17 years to the day it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014.

Shark Week has been on the air for 28 years, first premiering on July 17, 1988

North Koreans don't celebrate Jul 8 and Dec 17 birthdays because it's the date of death for Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Instead, more than 100,000 North Koreans Celebrate birthdays on July 9 or December 18 to avoid these dates.

On July 17, 1984 the Eastern and Central time zones got to see the pilot for the M*A*S*H spinoff W*A*L*T*E*R

On 17 July 2015 in the Iraqi city of Khan Bani Saad, during a hot day a man announced he was selling ice and offering a discount. The announcement attracted people to his ice truck. The attacker then detonated a bomb, killing himself and between 120 and 130 people.

Baseball player Red Murray. On July 17, 1914, he caught a fly ball to end a marathon 21 inning game. As he caught the ball, he was struck by lightning and knocked unconscious. But he held on to the ball and won the game.

The original Disneyland Cost $17 million to build. Shanghai Disneyland, which opens in July, cost $5.5 billion.

Bobby Bonilla, a former baseball player who hasn't played for the New York Mets in 17 years, negotiated a deferred money contract that will pay him $1.19 million every July 1st until 2035

The US rejected the 13 month calendar because it would inconvenience businesses that use a quarter-year system. Though the real clincher may have been switching the Fourth of July to Sol 17.