On This Day

What Happened on June 17

Important Events

  • 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
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Jun 17 in Film & TV

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

Jun 17 in Music

  • 1971 Carole King's album "Tapestry" goes to #1 on US album charts and stays there for 15 weeks

Jun 17 in Sport

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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