On this day: July 17

POSTED: 12:56 PM Jul 16 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 17 2015

Air conditioning is born, the "happiest place on Earth" opens up, The Beatles get animated, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over Ukraine, all on this day.

OTD July 17 - TWA Flight 800
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National Transportation Safety Board

1996: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, Paris-bound TWA Flight 800 explodes, killing all 230 on board. Here reconstruction crews reassemble the jet's fuselage. A four-year investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board eventually found that the probable cause of the accident was an explosion of flammable fuel/air vapors in a fuel tank, and, although it could not be determined with certainty, the most likely cause of the explosion was a short circuit.


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