TDIH: July 17

July 17, 1941–> RIP in Peace Joe DiMaggio’s Hitting Streak

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Joe DiMaggio and one of his beloved bats

In a game against the Cleveland Indians on this July 17 in 1941, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio didn’t get a hit. This ended one of the most captivating stretches that baseball would see until the classic Home Run race in 1998. DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914. Quick fun fact his father Giuseppe immigrated to the US from Sicily, becoming a fisherman, and was reportedly made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea. Joe’s streak began on May 15, 1941 and ended on this fateful day at the hands of Cleveland pitchers Jim Bagby Jr. and Al Smith. Top 10 feelings ever is being the pitchers that ended that hitting streak.

July 17, 1945–> Potsdam Conference

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from L/R: Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin

The original Big 3 had their last meeting today, July 17, during the tail end of the Second Word War. Today all those years ago British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and new U.S. President Harry S. Truman (RIP in Peace FDR) met in Potsdam, Germany, a suburb of Berlin, to talk shop about the issues relating to postwar Europe and how to deal with the ongoing war in the pacific (great theater). Stalin’s army had begun occupying a lot of Eastern Europe that was previously controlled by the weakening Germany, and the British and US were super woke to that. Truman’s plan was to play rough with Stalin, much the the delight of many. Other issues included postwar Germany and how to deal with it, and what ended up happening was the split Germany. Truman and the US feared too much Russian influence in Europe, where Germany was a central figure. In classic diplomatic/wartime meeting fashion, everything stood pretty much the same from before the conference. Hats off to diplomatic relations!

July 17, 1955–> Disneyland Opens

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Aerial view of Disneyland from 1956

The mecca of the child entertainment industry, the hub of wonder. The first theme park designed by the genius that was Walt Disney opened today 62 years ago. The concept came from sources such as Griffin Park and the 1893 World’s fair in Chicago. The entertainment city dedicated to “the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America” cost about $17 million. All good though, as the annual 14 million visitors spend about $3 billion. Walt was a visionary, that much is for sure. He dreamed of a place that would appeal to both children and their parents, and boy did he build one. The park has expanded from its initial form, pictured above, to include places like Fantasyland, and the newly announced Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (!!!!!). For everything you’ve done Walt!

 

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