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 - 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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