On this day: July 17

POSTED: 12:56 PM Jul 16 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 17 2014

Air conditioning is born, the "happiest place on Earth" opens up, and the Beatles get animated, all on this day.

OTD July 17 - Pyllis Diller
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1917: Comedian/actress Phyllis Diller is born Phyllis Ada Driver in Lima, Ohio. Diller's career as a stand-up comic, which she started at age 37, skyrocketed in the 1960s, partly because of her many appearances with Bob Hope on his television specials, USO tours and three movies. She became a pop culture icon for her disparaging jokes about her looks, her cooking and her fictitious husband "Fang." She wore a blonde fright wig, held a long cigarette holder as a prop and laughed with a loud cackle. Diller died at age 95 on Aug. 20, 2012.

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