July 17

Disneyland opened and was dedicated in 1955. It was designed and built under the supervision of Walt Disney. The name was changed to Disneyland Park in the 1990s to distinguish it from other parks in the growing complex of the Disney Corporation. The 160 acres of land was purchased in 1953 near Anaheim, California. Numerous expansions and renovations occurred over the years. More than 650 million guests have visited Disneyland since its opening. 16.2 million visitors came in 2013.

The opening ceremony of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal, Canada, occurred in 1976. Montreal won the bid to host these Olympics over Amsterdam, Moscow, and Los Angeles. This was the first time the Olympics were held in Canada. Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics and Vancouver did the same in 2010. Most African nations boycotted the games in reaction to the refusal of the IOC to ban the New Zealand rugby team that had toured South Africa. The Soviet Union “won” the games with 125 total medals. The United States finished with 94 total medals. Canada, the host nation, finished in 27th place with 11 medals.

TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed into the Atlantic in 1996. The disaster occurred 12 minutes after the plane took off from JFK Airport in New York. Flight 800 was headed to Rome after a stopover in Paris. All 230 passengers and crew were killed making it the third-deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history. Some speculated that it was an act of terrorism, but after 16 months of investigation, the FBI found no evidence of a criminal act. The NTSB determined, after a four year investigation, the most probable cause was an explosion of air vapors in a fuel tank. Conspiracy theories still exist, claiming that a missile brought down the airliner.

Birthdays Today

1912Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host (d. 2010)
1917Phyllis Diller, American comedian, actress, and singer (d. 2012)
1935Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor
1942Connie Hawkins, American basketball player
1952David Hasselhoff, American actor, singer, and producer




Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.