Events in History on June 17

  • 653 St Martin I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 656 Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
  • 676 Deusdedit III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1091 Floris II de Vette becomes earl of Holland
  • 1119 Charles the Good becomes earl of Flanders
  • 1291 After 200 years of crusader control, Acre is the last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
  • 1397 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway

MurderAssassination Attempt

1462 vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1497 Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat Cornish rebels led by Michael An Gof
  • 1535 English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights
  • 1565 Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru
  • 1579 Anti-English uprising in Ireland

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1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1580 Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels
  • 1583 Brabant: Duke of Parma beats French mercenaries
  • 1609 Netherlands, England & France sign 12 year Covenant
  • 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
  • 1665 Battle of Viciosa (Monte Claros): English & Portuguese army beat Spain
  • 1700 Massachusetts orders priest to leave the colony
  • 1734 French troops occupy Philipsburg at Rhine
  • 1745 American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton Island from French
  • 1773 Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar
  • 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)

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1788 After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams
  • 1789 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
  • 1815 Stephen Decatur conquers Algerian frigate Mashouda
  • 1824 US Bureau of Indian Affairs established

1stHistoric Invention

1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent

  • 1839 King of Hawaii Kamehameha III issues Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established
  • 1850 Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)
  • 1855 Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed
  • 1856 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
  • 1861 Battle of Boonville, MI-Brigadier General Lyon defeats Confederate forces
  • 1863 Battle at Middleburg, Virginia
  • 1863 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia
  • 1863 Naval Engagement at Warsaw Sound GA-USS Weehawken vs CSS Atlanta
  • 1863 Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
  • 1864 -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia
  • 1864 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished
  • 1864 General John B Hood replaces General Johnston
  • 1864 Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia
  • 1876 1st to hit 2 HRs; & score 5 runs in 9 inn NL game (George Hall, A's)
  • 1876 Battle of Rosebud/Battle Where Girl Saved Her Brother
  • 1877 Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon - the Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
  • 1880 John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
  • 1882 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
  • 1885 Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere'
  • 1894 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont
  • 1895 US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan
  • 1897 William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti
  • 1898 The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established
  • 1901 The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT
  • 1902 US Congress pass the New Lands Reclamation Act, which establishes a fund from sale of public lands to build irrigation dams for arid Western lands
  • 1911 Belgium government of De Broqueville forms

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1915 The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1916 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
  • 1916 US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico
  • 1920 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept Anti-revolution law

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1928 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

  • 1932 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
  • 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
  • 1933 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob
  • 1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in NY
  • 1938 Japan declares war on China
  • 1939 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre
  • 1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • 1940 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • 1940 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
  • 1940 USSR occupies Estonia
  • 1940 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France
  • 1944 -19] French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba

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1944 Hitler secretly meets with von Rundstedt in Marjival Soissons

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1944 Iceland declares independence from Denmark
  • 1944 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London
  • 1945 Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)
  • 1946 SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis
  • 1947 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
  • 1947 Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin
  • 1947 Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline
  • 1948 Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader
  • 1950 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
  • 1950 Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & Syria sign security pact
  • 1952 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
  • 1953 Riots in East Germany for reunification

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1953 US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

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1954 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
  • 1956 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister
  • 1957 "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orch peaks at #2
  • 1957 Tuskegee boycott begins (Blacks boycotted city stores)
  • 1958 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
  • 1958 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day

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1958 "Things Fall Apart" by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published by Heinemann - considered most widely read book in African literature

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 1959 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland
  • 1962 Lou Brock is 2nd to HR into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers
  • 1963 British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
  • 1963 Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools
  • 1965 11.08" (28.14 cm) of rainfall, Holly, Colorado (state 24-hour record)
  • 1965 1st bombing by B-52 (50 km north of Saigon)
  • 1965 Kinks arrive in NYC beginning their 1st US tour
  • 1966 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers
  • 1967 "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5
  • 1967 China becomes world's 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
  • 1967 Longest doubleheader 9:15 (Tigers & Athletics)
  • 1968 Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms
  • 1968 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" goes gold
  • 1969 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)

1stHistoric Invention

1970 Edwin Land patents the Polaroid camera

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • 1972 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • 1972 Chile president Allende forms new government
  • 1972 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
  • 1972 Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • 1972 9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston
  • 1974 The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage
  • 1975 Voters in Northern Mariana Islands approve commonwealth status with US
  • 1976 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
  • 1978 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
  • 1978 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs
  • 1978 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • 1981 Battle between Muslims & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • 1982 President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat in the Falkland Islands

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1983 Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren exorcise a "werewolf demon" from Bill Ramsey, although the lack of photo or video evidence has called this claim into question

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren

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1984 John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner
Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1985 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched
  • 1986 US Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns and Antonin Scalia nominated as his replacement
  • 1987 With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct
  • 1988 Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
  • 1988 Soyuz TM-5 launches
  • 1988 Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
  • 1991 Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78

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1991 The body of Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the USA, is exhumed to test how he died; rumours had persisted since his death in 1850 of arsenic poisoning - no evidence of this was found

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor
  • 1991 South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
  • 1992 Conn Gov Lowell Weicker & WFAN DJ Don Imus change places for 1 day
  • 1992 Slaughtering by Inkhata-followers at Boipatong, South Africa, kills 42
  • 1993 Indians' Carlos Baerga hits 3 home runs against Detroit
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse NY on WAQX 95.7 FM

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2006 Sci-Fi author Anne McCaffrey inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • 2008 First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
  • 2012 France's Socialist Party wins a majority in the legislative election
  • 2012 Greek voters return to the polls after the failed May 6 election
  • 2015 9 people are shot and killed inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21 year old gunman

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2015 US Treasury announced that the image of Alexander Hamilton will be replaced from the US $10 bill by an image of a woman

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
  • 2017 Forest fires in Pedrógão Grande, Portugal begin, kill 62 people, more than 1,600 firefighters fight 156 fires

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2017 Bill Cosby trial for aggravated indecent assault declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • 2017 Collision at sea between U.S.S. Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal, a Philippine cargo ship kills 7 US sailors in Japanese waters