July 17

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1935 George William Russell, poet, editor, artist and mystic, known as ‘AE’, died.
  • 1936 The Spanish Civil War began with an attemptedcoup d’état by General Franco’s colonial army of Africa.
  • 1917 With anti-German sentiment reaching fever pitch in Britain, George V issued a proclamation changing the royal surname from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the more patriotic-sounding ‘Windsor’.
  • 1798 Henry Joy McCracken hanged in Belfast.
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