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July 17 in history:

During the First World War, when England was fighting against Germany, English King George V officially changed his family name from the German-sounding “Saxe Coburg and Gotha” to the more British-sounding “Windsor” on July 17th, 1917.

One year later, on July 17th of 1918, George’s relatives in the Russian royal family, the Romanovs, were executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries.  King George was a first cousin to both Czar Nicholas and Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm.

By 1945, Stalin was leader of Russia and the entire Soviet Union.  On July 17th of that year, he was meeting with U.S. President Harry Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Potsdam Conference, to decide the future of Nazi Germany after World War II.  During the three-week conference, Churchill was voted out of the Prime Minister’s office.  His successor, Clement Attlee, completed the Potsdam talks.

Germany would be led by chancellors after the two world wars.  The first female Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, was born on this date in 1954.


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