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
  • 1789 French Revolution: During the meeting of the Estates-General, the Third Estate proclaims itself the 'National Assembly'
  • 1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
  • 1856 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
  • 2018 "The Incredibles 2" sets a box-office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend
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June 17 in Film & TV

  • 2018 "The Incredibles 2" sets a box-office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend

June 17 in Music

  • 1971 Carole King's album "Tapestry" goes to No. 1 on US album charts and stays there for 15 weeks

June 17 in Sport

  • 1962 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus wins his first major title after playoff with Arnold Palmer, shooting a 283 at Oakmont CC, Pennsylvania

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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