Today in History: July 17

Today in History: July 17

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1453

France defeats England at Castillon, France, ending the Hundred Years' War.

1762

Peter III of Russia is murdered and his wife, Catherine II, takes the throne.

1785

France limits the importation of goods from Britain.

1791

National Guard troops open fire on a crowd of demonstrators in Paris.

1799

Ottoman forces, supported by the British, capture Aboukir, Egypt from the French.

1801

The U.S. fleet arrives in Tripoli.

1815

Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort, France.

1821

Andrew Jackson becomes the governor of Florida.

1898

U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter take Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

1944

Field Marshall Erwin Rommel is wounded when an Allied fighter strafes his staff car in France.

1946

Chinese communists attack the Nationalist army on the Yangtze River.

1960

American pilot Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court.

1966

Ho Chi Minh orders a partial mobilization of North Vietnam to defend against American airstrikes.

1987

Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.