What are the important events that happened on June 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

June 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 17 is the 168th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 4, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 416,016 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectahexacontaoctagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 247 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,639 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 17 Historical Events

  • 1462
    Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
  • 1497
    Battle of Deptford Bridge – forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
  • 1773
    Cúcuta, Colombia, is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
  • 1789
    In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
  • 1861
    Battle of Vienna, Virginia in the American Civil War.
  • 1910
    Aurel Vlaicu pilots a A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
  • 1930
    U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
  • 1958
    The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, in the process of being built to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver (Canada), collapses into the Burrard Inlet killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others.
  • 1958
    The wooden roller coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada opens. It is still open today.
  • 1963
    The United States Supreme Court rules 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1818
    Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1877)
  • 1927
    Martin Böttcher, German conductor
  • 1930
    Brian Statham, English cricketer (d. 2000)
  • 1948
    Aurelio López, Mexican baseball player (d. 1992)
  • 1958
    Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician
  • 1967
    Dorothea Röschmann, German operatic soprano
  • 1970
    Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian
  • 1981
    Shane Watson, Australian cricketer
  • 1983
    Vlasis Kazakis, Greek footballer
  • 1988
    Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player

Who died on June 17?

  • 1694
    Philip Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
  • 1696
    King John III Sobieski of Poland (b. 1629)
  • 1719
    Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (b. 1672)
  • 1898
    Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
  • 1969
    Rita Abatzi, Greek rebetiko singer (b. 1914)
  • 1981
    Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (b. 1889)
  • 1982
    Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • 2004
    Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)

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