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This Day in History for July 17 – Disneyland Opens and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1762 – Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III (More info)

1898 – Spain surrenders to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War (More info)

1955 – Disneyland opens in Anaheim, Calif. (More info)

1996 – Paris-bound TWA Flight 800 explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board (More info)

1997 – The F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business (More info)

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