Historical Events on June 17, Special Events on This Day

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What Happened on June 17th This Day in History

Year Name
2021 Juneteenth National Independence Day, was signed into law by President Joe Biden, to become the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
2017 A series of wildfires in central Portugal kill at least 64 people and injure 204 others.
2015 Nine people are killed in a mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
1994 Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O. J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1992 A "joint understanding" agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).
1991 Apartheid: The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
1989 Interflug Flight 102 crashes during a rejected takeoff from Berlin Schönefeld Airport, killing 21 people.
1987 With the death of the last individual of the species, the dusky seaside sparrow becomes extinct.
1985 Space Shuttle program: STS-51-G mission: Space Shuttle Discovery launches carrying Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a payload specialist.
1972 Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee during an attempt by members of the administration of President Richard M. Nixon to illegally wiretap the political opposition as part of a broader campaign to subvert the democratic process.
1971 U.S. President Richard Nixon in a televised press conference called drug abuse "America's public enemy number one", starting the War on drugs.
1967 Nuclear weapons testing: China announces a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon.
1963 The United States Supreme Court rules 8–1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
1963 A day after South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm announced the Joint Communiqué to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. One person is killed.
1960 The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of land undervalued at four cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.
1958 The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, in the process of being built to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver (Canada), collapses into the Burrard Inlet killing 18 ironworkers and injuring others.
1953 Cold War: East Germany Workers Uprising: In East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
1952 Guatemala passes Decree 900, ordering the redistribution of uncultivated land.
1948 United Airlines Flight 624, a Douglas DC-6, crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
1944 Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.
1940 World War II: RMS Lancastria is attacked and sunk by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France. At least 3,000 are killed in Britain's worst maritime disaster.
1940 World War II: The British Army's 11th Hussars assault and take Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.
1940 The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
1939 Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is executed in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison.
1933 Union Station massacre: In Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
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.
1930 U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act into law.
1929 The town of Murchison, New Zealand Is rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killing 17. At the time it was New Zealand's worst natural disaster.
1922 Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral complete the first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic.
1910 Aurel Vlaicu pilots an A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
1901 The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
1900 Boxer Rebellion: Western Allied and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts in Tianjin, China.
1898 The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
1885 The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
1877 American Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon: The Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
1876 American Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud: One thousand five hundred Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign.
1861 American Civil War: Battle of Vienna, Virginia.
1843 The Wairau Affray, the first serious clash of arms between Māori and British settlers in the New Zealand Wars, takes place.
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 are established as a result.
1795 The burghers of Swellendam expel the Dutch East India Company magistrate and declare a republic.
1794 Foundation of Anglo-Corsican Kingdom.
1789 In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
1775 American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
1773 Cúcuta, Colombia, is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
1767 Samuel Wallis, a British sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
1673 French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
1665 Battle of Montes Claros: Portugal definitively secured independence from Spain in the last battle of the Portuguese Restoration War.
1631 Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.
1596 The Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovers the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen.
1579 Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
1565 Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shōgun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1497 Battle of Deptford Bridge: Forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
1462 Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack at Târgovişte), forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
1397 The Kalmar Union is formed under the rule of Margaret I of Denmark.
1242 Following the Disputation of Paris, twenty-four carriage loads of Jewish religious manuscripts were burnt in Paris.
653 Pope Martin I is arrested and taken to Constantinople, due to his opposition to monothelitism.
Famous People Born on June 17

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Year Name
1970 Will Forte, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
1919 Beryl Reid, English actress (d. 1996)
1957 Uģis Prauliņš, Latvian composer
1977 Tjaša Jezernik, Slovenian tennis player
1818 Charles Gounod, French composer and academic (d. 1893)
1914 John Hersey, American journalist and author (d. 1993)
1945 Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist and sportscaster
1955 Cem Hakko, Turkish fashion designer and businessman
1937 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian fashion designer, television presenter and politician (d. 2009)
1871 James Weldon Johnson, American author, journalist, and activist (d. 1938)
Famous People Deaths On June 17

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Date Name
1974 Refik Koraltan, Turkish lawyer and politician, 8th Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (b. 1889)
1866 Joseph Méry, French poet and author (b. 1798)
1968 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer and manager (b. 1901)
1775 John Pitcairn, Scottish-English soldier (b. 1722)
1740 Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Baronet, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1687)
1904 Nikolay Bobrikov, Russian soldier and politician, Governor-General of Finland (b. 1839)
1940 Arthur Harden, English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
2014 Patsy Byrne, English actress (b. 1933)
1734 Claude Louis Hector de Villars, French general and politician, French Secretary of State for War (b. 1653)
1985 John Boulting, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1913)