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 July 23-29 2017 (week 30) infographic
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On this day in history July 23-29, 2017

By Fiona Roberts

July 23, 2017 - July 29, 2017 - This week features the first fatality caused by doping in the Tour de France, the world’s largest reflecting telescope in La Palma, the European Coal and Steel Community which was the forerunner to the European Union, the circumnavigation of the earth by Solar Impulse 2, the swimming records of Michael Phelps, renaming Bombay, India as Mumbai, and the Spanish Armada sent by Spain to invade England.

July 23, 1967: British cyclist Tom Simpson collapsed and died on Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France. It was the first fatality in the race to be caused by doping
July 24, 2009: King Juan Carlos of Spain inaugurated the Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world’s largest reflecting telescope, sited atop an extinct volcano in La Palma

July 25, 1952: The European Coal and Steel Community, established by the Treaty of Paris in 1951 and the forerunner of the European Union, came into force

July 26, 2016: The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2, pictured over San Francisco, landed in Abu Dhabi after completing the first fuel-free circumnavigation of the Earth

July 27, 2003: U.S. teenager Michael Phelps, 18, became the first swimmer to set five world records in a single meet at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain
July 28, 1995: India’s Maharashtra state government renamed the city of Bombay as Mumbai, after the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi, the patron deity of the city
July 29, 1588: The Spanish Armada sent by Philip II to invade England was defeated at Gravelines by an English fleet led by Lord Howard and Sir Francis Drake

PUBLISHED: 17/07/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press