What Happened on June 17

Significant Events

  • 656 Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
  • 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?

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

On June 17, 1958

Would You Believe?

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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