What Happened on June 17

Historical Events

  • 656 Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
  • 1291 After 200 years of crusader control, Acre is the last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
  • 1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"
  • 1631 Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
  • 1856 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
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Did You Know?

Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.

On June 17, 1939

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  • 1988 Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips
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