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What happened on June 17
- June 17, 0956 Hugh the Great dies 2 months after becoming effective master of Burgundy
- June 17, 1462 "Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II in The Night Attack, and the latter is forced to retreat from Wallachia."
- June 17, 1497 Battle of Deptford Bridge - Forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
- June 17, 1565 "Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru."
- June 17, 1579 Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
- June 17, 1631 "Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spent more than 20 years to build her tomb, the Taj Mahal."
- June 17, 1745 American colonials capture the French fort Louisburg on Cape Breton Island
- June 17, 1773 "Ccuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cullar"
- June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)
- June 17, 1789 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
- June 17, 1789 "In France, the Third Estate declares itself the national assembly."
- June 17, 1833 "USS Delaware enters drydock at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, VA, the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States"
- June 17, 1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his first rubber patent
- June 17, 1839 "In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established as a result."
- June 17, 1850 "Paddle-wheeler ""G P Griffith"" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)"
- June 17, 1856 Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia
- June 17, 1863 Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
- June 17, 1863 Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
- June 17, 1870 USS Mohican burns Mexican pirate ship Forward
- June 17, 1882 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
- June 17, 1885 The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbour (in 350 pieces on board the French frigate IsŠre)
- June 17, 1895 US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan
- June 17, 1897 "William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti"
- June 17, 1898 Navy Hospital Corps established
- June 17, 1901 "The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT."
- June 17, 1919 """Barney Google"" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premiers"
- June 17, 1928 Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become first woman to fly the Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
- June 17, 1930 U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
- June 17, 1932 Bonus Army: Around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
- June 17, 1933 "Union Station Massacre: In Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash were gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash."
- June 17, 1936 Himmler is appointed chief of the German Police.
- June 17, 1939 "Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre."
- June 17, 1940 Chief of Naval Operations asks Congress for money to build two-ocean Navy
- June 17, 1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
- June 17, 1940 "The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union."
- June 17, 1940 "World War II: Sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France."
- June 17, 1942 "HMS WILD SWAN, sunk in the North Atlantic off south west Ireland (c 50-00'N, 11-00'W) - by German Ju88 bombers."
- June 17, 1942 The first WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)
- June 17, 1944 French troops land on German-held Elba.
- June 17, 1944 "Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland"
- June 17, 1945 "Australians land at Weston, North Borneo"
- June 17, 1945 Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)
- June 17, 1946 "SW Bell innaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis"
- June 17, 1948 "A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board."
- June 17, 1950 The first kidney transplant (Chicago)
- June 17, 1953 "East Berlin workers rise up to protest low wages and bad conditions. Soviet tanks mow down the strikers with machine gun fire, ending illusions that communism is a workers' paradise."
- June 17, 1953 Sup Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for the next day their 14th anniversary
- June 17, 1953 "Workers Uprising: In East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion."
- June 17, 1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
- June 17, 1957 Tuskegee boycott begins (Blacks boycotted city stores)
- June 17, 1960 "Ted Williams becomes the fourth member of the 500 home run club with a home run at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio."
- June 17, 1961 The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.
- June 17, 1962 Brazil Beats Czechosolakia in soccer's 7th World Cup at Santiago
- June 17, 1963 Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools
- June 17, 1965 "28.14 cm (11.08"") of rainfall, Holly, Colorado (state 24-hour record)"
- June 17, 1965 Number one hit on UK music charts - Elvis Presley - Crying In The Chapel
- June 17, 1967 Barbra Striesand: A Happening in Central Park performed
- June 17, 1967 China becomes world's 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
- June 17, 1970 UK hist Decimal postage stamps first issued for sale in Britain
- June 17, 1971 C U Cesco discovers asteroid #2399 Terradas
- June 17, 1971 "Representatives of Japan and the United States sign the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, setting out a plan where the U.S. would return control of Okinawa."
- June 17, 1972 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate Oh what a tangled web we weave
- June 17, 1972 "Looking Glass releases ""Brandy"""
- June 17, 1972 Number one hit on UK music charts - Don McLean - Vincent
- June 17, 1972 The Vendome Hotel fire kills 9 Boston fire fighters.
- June 17, 1972 "Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition."
- June 17, 1975 Voters in Northern Mariana Is approve commonwealth status with US
- June 17, 1978 Number one hit on UK music charts - John Travolta & Olivia Newton John - You're The One That I Want
- June 17, 1980 C Shoemaker discovers asteroid #2586 Matson
- June 17, 1982 "Pres Reagan first UN Gen Assembly address (""evil empire"" speech)"
- June 17, 1982 President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat in the Falklands War with Britian
- June 17, 1982 "The body of ""God's Banker"", Roberto Calvi is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London."
- June 17, 1985 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched
- June 17, 1986 Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated
- June 17, 1987 "With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct."
- June 17, 1988 Bruce Springsteen seperates from Juliette Phillips
- June 17, 1988 The Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
- June 17, 1989 "US beats Guatemala 2-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup"
- June 17, 1991 "Apartheid: The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required all racial classification of all South Africans at birth."
- June 17, 1991 Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78
- June 17, 1992 A 'Joint Understanding' agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).
- June 17, 1994 "Following a televised low-speed highway chase and a failed attempt at suicide, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman."
- June 17, 2010 "Deadly tornadoes touched down in Minnesota, killing at least three people, and injuring at least 17 more - USA"
- June 17, 2010 "Grizzly bear kills a 70-year-old man -Erwin Frank Evert, near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. He was in the forest with his wife, a member of a federal team of researchers studying grizzly bears - USA"