Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 17

1939: Paddy, a ginger and brown Airedale terrier dies. ” Paddy the Wanderer” as he became known was a national celebrity because of his exploits on the wharves of Wellington in the 1930s. He was much loved by Watersiders, Seaman, Taxi Drivers and the general public. A drinking fountain near Queens Wharf gates commemorates his life.

1955: Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy and futurism built on 160 acres of a former orange grove in Anaheim, California opens. It cost $17 million to build and today hosts more than 14 million visitors a year who spend close to $3 billion.

1987:  Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter began testifying to Congress regarding the Iran Contra scandal.

1936:  Spanish Generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola led a right-wing uprising, starting the Spanish Civil War. The war would last 2 years, 8 months, and 15 days. 2 million would die and it would result in Franco’s Nationalists gaining victory.

1960:  On a personal note, 9 months after the genetics of my English, Scottish, Irish, Polish, and I suspect some other ancestors came together, a healthy baby boy, the 3rd of 9 children is born.

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