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This date in history: July 17

July 17 marks a key moment in the lives of the British Royal family. In 1917, King George V decided to anglicize the family name.

Up until then, the royals were part of the German House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. However, anti-German sympathy had been building in England as World War I expanded, so George saw the writing on the wall and changed his branch to the Windsors.

His granddaughter Elizabeth II continues to rule as part of the House of Windsor.

Disneyland was dedicated on July 17, 1955. It’s the only theme park designed and built under the supervision of Walt Disney himself.

In fact, Walt was still on the site at 3am the day of the opening, assuring that last-minute details were taken care of. You think he might have been a perfectionist?

We lost a sports legend on July 17, 1961. That’s the day Hall of Famer Ty Cobb died at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The Georgia native was 74-years old.

Cobb’s plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y. points out what a great hitter he was. It reads like this: “…led the American League in batting twelve times, and created or equalled more major league records than any other player.”

“The Georgia Peach” finished his playing days with 4,191 hits and a .366 career batting average. Pete Rose passed him in the hits category in 1985, but in this writer’s opinion, no one will surpass his batting average.     

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