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Famous People & Celebrities Born on July 17th:

  • Erle Stanley Gardner
    (1889) - Gardner created Perry Mason. He also wrote using the pen name A.A. Fair. He died in 1970.
     
  • James Cagney
    (1899) - The popular line, "You dirty rat," is attributed to Cagney, but he never said it in any of his films. One of tough-guy Cagney's first show biz stunts was to dance in drag in the musical Pitter-Patter. Whoopi Goldberg claims Cagney's ghost haunts her in a positive way. Cagney's 1942 flick, Yankee Doodle Dandy, was the first "colorized" black & white movie aired over Ted Turner's WTBS Superstation. Cagney died in 1986.
     
  • Art Linkletter
    (1912) - The former TV personality is one of the inventors of the "Life" board game and says his grandkids are impressed that his picture is on the game's $100,000 bill. His daughter, Diane, committed suicide in 1969 by jumping out a 6th-story window after overdosing on LSD.
     
  • Phyllis Diller
    (1917) - Actress and comedienne.
     
  • Donald Sutherland
    (1934) - The actor worked as a DJ at a Nova Scotia radio station at the age of 14. Flicks: Baltic Storm (2003), Hating Her (2003), Cold Mountain (2003), The Italian Job (2003), JFK (1991), Ordinary People (1980), M.A.S.H (1970).
     
  • Diahann Carroll
    (1935) - The actress once dated David Frost. Dynasty, Julia.
     
  • Spencer Davis
    (1942) - Musician. Spencer Davis Group "Gimme Some Loving" (1966).
     
  • Camilla Parker-Bowles
    (1947) - Prince Charles' gal pal. When Camilla first met Prince Charles, she uttered an immortal line: "My great-grandmother had an affair with your great-grandfather." A British tabloid reports that a night of passion with Prince Charlie left Camilla red in the face. It seems servants, upon hearing a sudden crash in the middle of the night, scurried to the royal bedroom where they found a flustered Charles and Camilla locked in a lover's embrace amid the rubble of a collapsed four-poster bed. Prince Charles ordered the servants to "Go away and forget this ever happened!" Charles, a notorious tightwad, once bought Camilla a $50,000 diamond and ruby ring.
     
  • Lucie Arnaz
    (1951) - Daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
     
  • Nicolette Larson
    (1952) - Larson never would have recorded her best known song, "Lotta Love," if she hadn't been snooping around Neil Young's car. At the time, Larson was a back-up singer for Young when she discovered a cassette tape on the floor of Neil's car that contained a recording of "Lotta Love." She popped the tape into the car stereo and immediately fell in love with the song. When Larson told Young how great the song was, he told her, "You want it? It's yours." Young's generosity gave Larson a Top 10 pop hit, which was followed by songs including "Rumba Girl," "Fool Me Again," and "That's How You Know When Love's Right," a duet with country singer Steve Wariner. Larson died December 16, 1997.
     
  • Phoebe Snow
    (1952) - Singer. "Poetry Man" (1975).
     
  • David Hasselhoff
    (1952) - The former star of Baywatch once said, "I've got taste. It's been inbred in me." It's estimated that the long-running T&A beach show has gone through more than 5,000 swimsuits, 1000 surfboards, 450 gallons of sunscreen and 3000 pounds of body makeup. In 1996 Hasselhoff received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right next to Louis Armstrong's star. When he starred on The Young And The Restless in 1975, the producers advised Hasselhoff that he needed to change his name. He said, "sure," -- as long as he could keep the last name "Hasselhoff."
     
  • Heather Langenkamp
    (1964) - Played Marie Lubbock on the TV series Just the Ten of Us. Nightmare on Elm Street flicks.
     
  • Brandy Alexander
    (1964) - Former X-rated film star. In 1999 Brandy was discharged from her position as an executive secretary with Forest Lawn Memorial Parks after company officials discovered her previous occupation. Her adult films include Honey I Blew Everybody (1992), Bikini City (1991), Twin Peeks (1991), When Larry Ate Sally (1989), Lawyers in Heat (1988) and Sumo Sue and the Fat Ladies of Wrestling (1988).
     
  • Alex Winter
    (1965) - Played Keanu Reeves buddy, Bill Preston, in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).
     
Famous and Noteworthy Events on July 17th:
(1938) - A 31-year-old pilot named Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan received his nickname on this day after he taxied from a Brooklyn air strip on what was supposed to be a trip to Los Angeles. He landed 28 hours later in Dublin, Ireland -- which is just where Corrigan wanted to be. He made up the "trip to Los Angeles" story after he was denied a permit to cross the Atlantic. Corrigan claimed he made the 3000-mile "mistake" by following the wrong end of his compass.

(1941) - Joe DiMaggio's record-breaking hitting streak for the New York Yankees came to an end thanks to Cleveland Indian's pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby, Jr. DiMaggio was the first player to hit safely in 56 consecutive games from May 15 to July 16, 1941. During the streak he batted an average of .408 and hit 15 homers.

(1955) - The tiny town of Arco, Idaho, became the first city in the world to receive all of its electricity from atomic energy. The experimental demonstration only lasted an hour and the source of the atomic energy was an nuclear power plant located about 20 miles from Arco.

(1955) - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. The first day was by invitation only, with 28,154 guests showing up for the event. The next day Disneyland opened to the public and general admission cost $1. The most expensive rides cost only 35 cents.

(1959) - Blues singer Billie Holiday died of a heroin overdose. She was 44. At the time of her death she had only 70 cents in her bank account.

(1968) - The Beatles film The Yellow Submarine premiered at the London Pavilion. The film featured four new songs by the group and became a box office smash. It finished as the second highest grossing film of 1968.

(1975) - The United States and the Soviet Union got together in a historic way as Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 were linked together 140 miles above Earth. The connection lasted for 47 hours during which the astronauts and cosmonauts feasted on roast turkey and borscht.

(1979) - President Carter asked his entire cabinet to resign.

(1981) - 114 people were killed when two aerial walkways in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City collapsed during a tea dance. The steel and concrete walkways plunged onto a crowded ballroom at about 7 p.m. The licenses of the engineers who designed the walkways were revoked after the disaster.

(1989) - After 10 years of construction, the $22 billion B-2 Stealth bomber was flown for the first time over the skies of Palmdale, California.

(1996) - En route to Paris, TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed off Long Island, New York. All 230 people aboard the Boeing 747 were killed.

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