On this day: July 17

POSTED: 11:56 AM PDT Jul 16, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 16, 2014 

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

OTD July 17 - Diahann Carroll
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1935: Actress and singer Diahann Carroll is born Carol Diahann Johnson in The Bronx, New York. She started out in the 1950s appearing in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as "Carmen Jones" and "Porgy and Bess" and starred in her own sitcom, "Julia," from 1968 to 1971, winning a Golden Globe and becoming one of the first black actors to earn an Emmy nomination. A breast cancer survivor and activist, she also is known for her stint on the 1980s primetime soap opera "Dynasty," creating the role of Dominique Deveraux.

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