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1994 Jul 17
Brazil defeated Italy to win its fourth World Cup title in Los Angeles. The 15th FIFA World Cup was hosted by the United States.
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1994 Jul 17
Hutus left Rwanda for refugee camps in Zaire.
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1994 Jul 17
Fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy continued to smash into Jupiter, sending up towering fireballs.
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1995 Jul 17
Thirty-two people were injured when a Boston Green Line trolley rammed another train under Copley Square.
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1996 Jul 17
Interior Sec. Bruce Babbitt signed an agreement to put 58 sq. miles of land in Orange county under a new Natural Community Conservation Planning program designed to protect entire ecosystems.
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1996 Jul 17
TWA flight 800 crashed off of Long Island, N.Y., shortly after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport and 230 people died. It was a 25-year-old Paris-bound Boeing 747 whose previous flight had been from Greece. Later reports of a missile attack were tracked to a Navy P-3 Orion flying at 20,000 feet as opposed to the altitude of the Boeing at 13,600 feet. In 1997 the FBI issued a report that the disaster was caused by an explosion in the central fuel tank and was not the result of sabotage. In 2013 former investigators pushed to reopen the probe into the crash.
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1996 Jul 17
Scientists discovered that the earth’s solid-iron core rotates 12 miles a year faster than the liquid-iron outer core. The inner core grows about an inch in radius every 50 years. A report was published in Nature.
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1996 Jul 17
The Community of Portuguese-Speaking countries was formed. It included Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. Leaders then held their first summit meeting.
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1996 Jul 17
1996 Aug 30
US Special Forces trained Rwandan army soldiers in small-unit leader training, rifle marksmanship, first aid, land navigation and tactical skills.
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1997 Jul 17
President Clinton nominated Army Gen. Henry Shelton to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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1997 Jul 17
Woolworth Corp. announced that it would close more than 400 of its five-and-dime retail stores, ending 117 years in business.
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1997 Jul 17
The Columbia space shuttle and it crew of 7 returned after a 16-day mission. On the Mir space station, the 3-man crew struggled to stabilize a free-spin after a cable to a key computer system was mistakenly pulled.
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1997 Jul 17
Disney sub-contractor H.H. Cutler announced that it would terminate its business in Haiti due to slumping sales of children’s clothes. Some 2,300 jobs would be lost. Int’l. activists had criticized the operations for wages as low as $.28 per hour. The unemployment rate was at 80%.
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1997 Jul 17
Dr. Robert C. Weaver (b.1907), the first African American to serve on a president’s cabinet, died in NYC. He was the administrator of the federal Housing and Home Finance Agency, the predecessor to HUD, under President John F. Kennedy. He was named national chairman of the NAACP in 1960 and in 1962 he was awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal. Weaver wrote more than 175 articles and four books on housing and urban issues. [see Jan 18,1966]
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1997 Jul 17
In India K.R. Narayannan, a member of the Dalits, was elected president by the national and state legislatures. The Dalits, or "oppressed people," were according to Hinduism the lowest class of people, a fifth class below the 4 main castes. He will replace Pres. Shanker Dayal Sharma whose 5-year term expires Jul 25.
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1997 Jul 17
In Peru thousands of demonstrators protested against Pres. Fujimori chanting "Down with the dictatorship." Three cabinet ministers had also resigned in the last 24 hours. Pres. Fujimori named 5 new ministers including 2 generals and sparked concern that he was moving even closer to the armed forces.
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1997 Jul 17
In Russia Boris Yeltsin signed decrees to cut the size of the armed forces by one-third and installed plans to boost tax collection.
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1997 Jul 17
In the Ukraine the parliament confirmed Valery Pustovitenko as prime minister. He was an ally of Pres. Kuchma and vowed to work with lawmakers.
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1998 Jul 17
In Bangladesh a week of flooding left 54 people dead.
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1998 Jul 17
In Cambodia Khmer Rouge guerrillas under Ta Mok attacked a convoy of election workers and killed 2 people.
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1998 Jul 17
In Eritrea a Ukrainian IL-78 transport plane crashed near Asmara and killed 9 people.
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1998 Jul 17
Prosecutors in the Monica Lewinsky case questioned President Clinton's Secret Service protectors before a grand jury.
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1998 Jul 17
The Clinton administration sought approval to use funds for covert operations against Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein.
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1998 Jul 17
Scientists reported in the journal Science that the syphilis genome, 1.1 million base pairs of DNA, had been mapped.
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1998 Jul 17
In Rome UN delegates from more than 100 countries overwhelmingly approved (120-7) a historic treaty, the Statute of Rome, creating the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal, with jurisdiction over individuals, ignoring strenuous U.S. objections over certain provisions. It was to be located in the Hague with 18 judges from 18 countries serving 9 year terms. It still required ratification by 60 countries to become effective. The vote passed 120 to 7 with 21 abstentions. The US, China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Qatar and Yemen voted against the International Criminal Court Treaty (ICC). In 2002 the US moved to withdraw its signature.
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1998 Jul 17
Rising seawater was attacking the coastline of the Marshall islands.
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1998 Jul 17
In Papua New Guinea a 23-foot tidal wave followed a 7.0 earthquake at the Solomon Islands and killed at 2,500-3,000 people. The villages of Malol, Arop, Otto, Warupu and Sissano were turned into barren strips of sand.
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1998 Jul 17
Nicholas II, the last of the Romanov czars, was buried in Russia 80 years after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
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1998 Jul 17
A 6.2 earthquake in Taiwan triggered falling rock that killed 4 people and injured 19.
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1998 Jul 17
In Uganda Pres. Museveni proposed a single continental army and government for Africa with headquarters in Kampala.
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1999 Jul 17
In Colombia FARC and government negotiators failed to agree on observers for peace talks and the talks were put on hold.
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1999 Jul 17
A search began for the missing plane that was carrying John F. Kennedy Junior, his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, on a flight from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The plane had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard the night before, killing all three aboard.
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1999 Jul 17
In Iran the Select Council of Sit-In Students called off student protests and faxed a communique to news organizations calling for meetings with government leaders.
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1999 Jul 17
In Nigeria fighting erupted when a Hausa woman was caught watching a Yoruba ritual. Over the next days hundreds of Hausa tribespeople fled Shagamu to escape fighting with their Yoruba neighbors.
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1999 Jul 17
The front page of the Economist featured a photograph of Ahmad Batebi (21), an Iranian student, holding aloft a T-shirt bespattered with the blood of a fellow protester. He was soon arrested and told “you have signed your death warrant.” A global outcry reduced his sentence to 15 years. In 2008 he escaped to Iraq and then moved to America.
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1999 Jul 17
The body of Canadian singer Fatima Kama (28) was found when a member of the public spotted a black suitcase abandoned on the third floor of a Heathrow Airport parking lot. Youssef Ahmed Wahid, a former Kuwait Airways steward, was arrested within days of the discovery at his hometown of Ramadiyeh in southern Lebanon. He reportedly denied having anything to do with the killing, and was eventually released and then went on the run. In 2010 authorities in Bahrain arrested Wahid as a suspect in the case. On Oct 3, 2011, Wahid was sentenced to at least 24 years in prison.
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2000 Jul 17
In India an Alliance Air Boeing 737 jet with 58 people caught fire and crashed into two homes just before landing at Patna airport. 7 people survived and another 4 were killed on the ground. A total of 56 people were killed on board and on the ground.
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2000 Jul 17
In Russia Boris Berezovsky planned to resign his seat in the Duma and launch an opposition movement against Pres. Putin.
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2000 Jul 17
Bashar Assad, son of Hafez Assad, began a seven-year term as Syria’s 16th head of state.
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2000 Jul 17
Nepal’s King Birendra abolished debt-bondage slavery following efforts by Kevin Bales, an American anti-slavery activist. Soon some 40,000 families in 5 districts suddenly found themselves emancipated and evicted by slaveholders. They moved into refugee camps and by 2007 a third still lived in the camps. In 2007 Bales authored “Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves."

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2001 Jul 17
In Moscow Russia and China agreed to plan a $1.7 billion pipeline for oil from Siberia to northeastern China.
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2001 Jul 17
John Ashcroft, US Attorney Gen’l. reported that 184 FBI laptops and nearly 450 guns were stolen or lost over the last decade.
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2001 Jul 17
A USAF F-16 crashed in northeast San Bernadino County, Ca. Maj. Aaron George, pilot, and Judson Brohmer, photographer, were killed.
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2001 Jul 17
Katharine Graham, Pulitzer Prize winner and publisher of the Washington Post, died at age 84 in Boise, Idaho.
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2001 Jul 17
In Argentina Pres. De la Rua signed a plan to slash the deficit.
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2001 Jul 17
In Guangxi, China, the Lajiapo and Longshan mines flooded and 81 miners were killed. Immediate news was covered up. In Aug 20 company employees and 70 suspected gang members were arrested for the coverup. 11 mine officials and 4 county political leaders were arrested.
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2001 Jul 17
An Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a hut in Bethlehem and 4 Palestinians were killed. A few hours later Palestinians fired a mortar shell into a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem.
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2001 Jul 17
In Montenegro Pres. Kostunica appointed Dragisa Pesic as the new Prime Minister.
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2002 Jul 17
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa reported that some 200 Army personnel had used government charge cards to get cash to spend at strip clubs near military bases. Soldiers ran up a $38,000 bill.
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2002 Jul 17
The National Cancer Institute published a report that linked estrogen used for hormone replacement to ovarian cancer.
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2002 Jul 17
In Britain, a one-day strike by 750,000 municipal employees closed schools, libraries and recreation centers in their first national walkout in more than two decades.
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2002 Jul 17
In Israel a double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv killed two foreign workers and one Israeli. Over 40 people were injured.
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2002 Jul 17
In Nigeria hundreds of unarmed women of the Ijaw tribe seized control of at least 4 more ChevronTexaco facilities in the Niger Delta.
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2002 Jul 17
In Paraguay Pres. Macchi announced the lifting of a state of emergency following 2 days of protests over his economic policies.
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2002 Jul 17
Spanish troops reclaimed the island of Perejil off the coast of Morocco, a week after it was occupied by Moroccan troops.
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2003 Jul 17
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the creation of a 500-member grand council, or loya jirga, to approve a new constitution for the country this year.
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2003 Jul 17
The leaders of an Australian Christian church voted to allow homosexuals to become priests, drawing protest from within the congregation.
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2003 Jul 17
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, police killed 3 alleged gang members and pulled the bullet-riddled bodies of 7 others from a sludge-filled river in 2 notorious shantytowns due to an escalating gang war over drug control between The Red Command and Third Command.
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2003 Jul 17
Congo's main rebel leaders were sworn as vice presidents in a new power-sharing government, designed to end the country's nearly 5-year civil war. 4 vice presidents represented the ruling party, the opposition party and 2 rebel groups.
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2003 Jul 17
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair forcefully defended their decision to topple Saddam Hussein during a joint White House news conference. In a speech to the U.S. Congress, Blair said even if they were proven wrong about Iraq's weapons capabilities, "We will have destroyed a threat that at its least is responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering."
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