July 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 17



July 17th is celebrated as World Emoji Day and Yellow Pig Day.

Welcome to day 199 of the year folks, there are 167 days remaining in 2024.

Today is your lucky day because we have collected some of the most fascinating historical events that all just happened to occur on July 17th.

Did you know that on this day in 1959, Mary Leakey discovered ancient skull remains in Tanzania, Africa? This was the discovery of a new species of human-like creatures, Paranthropus boisei.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about July 17th in history!


What memorable events happened on July 17 in history? Keep reading to find out!


American superhero movie “Ant-Man” by Marvel was released.


American swashbuckler film “The Mask of Zorro” was released in the United States.

Filming took around one year at Estudios Churubusco in Mexico City, Mexico, and had a $95 million budget. The film grossed a total of $250 million after its release on this day. Due to its success, the film was followed by a sequel, The Legend of Zorro, released in 2005.


Bill Gates became the richest man in the world with a net worth of $12.9 billion.

OTD in 1995: Bill Gates became the richest man in the world with a net worth of $12.9 billion.


The US National Minimum Drinking Age Act was signed into law, raising the age to 21.

Until the 1960s, most US states had a minimum drinking age of 21. When the voting age was reduced to 18, many states lowered the drinking age to 18 or 19. Studies soon showed a huge increase in drunk driving, so the drinking age was ultimately set nationally at 21.


The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project completed the world’s first international space rendezvous.

Two days after a successful joint launch, the American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz Spacecraft made headlines when they met in space and successfully docked with each other in Earth’s orbit. Within two hours of docking, the captains of each spacecraft met and exchanged the first international handshake in space. The meeting of the two spacecraft, which was widely televised, preceded two days of joint activities and experiments involving the former rivals. This monumental event is largely considered the final event in the Space Race.


John Lennon was given 60 days to leave the US.

Lennon faced deportation from the United States if he did not leave within the given time frame. As a “global” citizen, this was not the first time Lennon had outstayed his welcome in the US. Although his wife Yoko Ono was granted permanent residence, Lennon was not and faced being deported back to the UK if he did not comply with the immigration rules.


Mary Leakey discovered ancient skull remains in Tanzania, Africa.

Research revealed the fossils were more than 3.75 million years old and were of an extinct ape, which is now believed to be an ancestor of humans.


The Potsdam Conference began between the Soviet Union, UK & US.

OTD in 1945: The Potsdam Conference began between the Soviet Union

The meetings after World War II were designed to discuss how to administer Germany.


The British Royal family changed their surname to Windsor.

OTD in 1917: The British Royal family changed their surname to Windsor.

The change was made by King George V, whose previous name was German Saxe-Coburg.


Willis Carrier invented the world’s first electronic air conditioner.

Carrier created the air conditioner to help cool down the rooms in which color printing presses were operated. However, high heat and humidity affected the quality of the images they printed. Carrier later developed several formulas that led to ever-increasing advances in air conditioning technology.


Water Music by George Frideric Handel premiered on the River Thames, London, at the request of King George I.


The English secret service discovered the Babington Plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I.

Anthony Babington was one of the plot’s chief conspirators in killing Queen Elizabeth I and replacing her with her cousin Mary Queen of Scots. The plot’s motive was to restore England to its previous religion, as Queen Elizabeth I was a protestant and Mary Queen of Scots was a Roman Catholic.


Henry IV was crowned King of Germany at Aachen Cathedral.

180 AD

Twelve North African Christians, known as the Scillitan Martyrs, were executed for their religious beliefs.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Tom Fletcher was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.


Luke Bryan



Luke Bryan


48 years old

Born In:

Georgia, USA


Kali Uchis



Kali Uchis


30 years old

Born In:

Pereira, Colombia


David Hasselhoff



David Hasselhoff


72 years old

Born In:

Maryland, USA


Tom Fletcher



Tom Fletcher


39 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, July 17th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Billie Holiday



Billie Holiday



Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday was an American singer born on April 7, 1915. She died on this day in 1959, at age 44 in New York City, USA.

Died On:

Jul 17, 1959 (Age 44)

Died In:

New York City, USA


Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quote ever said on this day.


However happy people say they are, nobody is satisfied: we always have to be with the prettiest woman, buy a bigger house, change cars, desire what we do not have.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Lyricist

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

July 17: World Emoji Day

World Emoji Day

There are countless emojis in use today to help us express ourselves in messages. Ever noticed the calendar emoji is July 17? That’s why today has been allocated as World Emoji Day. Be sure to use them liberally today.

July 17: National Yellow Pig Day
United States

National Yellow Pig Day

Don’t go thinking that today is about pigs, as it couldn’t be further from the truth! A bunch of mathematicians created Yellow Pig Day in the 1960s to celebrate the number 17 and its mathematical complexities and chose a yellow pig as the number’s mascot.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

“She sells seashells by the seashore” was written about a female paleontologist from the 1800s. She actually sold dinosaur bones and fossilized shells.

Birthday & Zodiac

If you were born on July 17th, your star sign is Cancer.

Cancers will keep other people’s secrets close to their hearts. So have no fear – you can always rely on Cancers. Did you know that in Hindu astrology, the sign of Cancer is named Karka and its Lord is the moon?

For those of you born in July, you have the Ruby birthstone. Ruby was regarded as the “king of gems” by the ancient Hindus and is traditionally a favored gem by royal families worldwide.

If you were born on July 17, your estimated date of conception falls on October 24 in the previous year.

A baby conceived on July 17, 2024, will likely be due next year around April 9.

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