Anaheim, California (JFK+50) Sixty years ago today, July 17, 1955, Walt Disney* opened his 17 million dollar theme park, Disneyland, here in Anaheim.
Disneyland is built on 160 acres of land that was formerly the site of orange groves. Mr. Disney's park was designed to be educational as well as entertaining to children and adults alike.
At the entrance to the park is a sign which reads...
HERE YOU LEAVE TODAY AND ENTER THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY, TOMORROW AND FANTASY
*Walter Elias Disney (1901-1966) was born in Chicago. IL. His cartoons became popular in Kansas City, MO. but when his studio went bankrupt he moved to Hollywood, California & opened Disney Brothers Studio.
POTSDAM CONFERENCE OPENED 70 YEARS AGO
Potsdam, Germany (JFK+50) Allied representatives arrived here in Potsdam 70 years ago, July 17 1945, to begin discussions on policies concerning postwar Europe.
The "Big Three" representing their respective nations included: President Harry S Truman of the United States, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain and Premier Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union.
The conference began with an aura of suspicion as each of the Allied nations representatives had their own special interests.
Issues to be discussed included the postwar border of Poland, occupation of Austria and war reparations.
APOLLO 18 & SOYUZ 19
Houston, Texas (JFK+50) NASA reported 40 years ago today, July 17, 1975, that United States spacecraft Apollo 18 had successfully docked with Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 19.
A historic moment came when the hatches of both spacecraft were opened and Commanders Thomas Safford and Aleksei Lzonov shook hands and exchanged gifts.
The two spacecraft would remain together for 44 hours during which time experiments were conducted and the crews shared meals.