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 169th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 4, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 407,256 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 ‘hectahexacontaenneagon’ 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 225 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 1,274 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 17 Historical Events

  • 1579
    Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • 1863
    Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon – the Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
  • 1885
    The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
  • 1933
    Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
  • 1948
    A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
  • 1953
    East Germany Workers Uprising: in East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
  • 1960
    The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 e6acre of land undervalued at 4 cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.
  • 1963
    A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. One person is killed.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1603
    Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint (d. 1663)
  • 1811
    Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter (d. 1879)
  • 1927
    Martin Böttcher, German conductor
  • 1946
    Peter Rosei, Austrian writer
  • 1950
    Lee Tamahori, New Zealand film director
  • 1959
    Nikos Stavropoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1960
    Adrián Campos, Spanish racing driver
  • 1976
    Scott Adkins, English actor
  • 1981
    Shane Watson, Australian cricketer
  • 1984
    John Gallagher, Jr., American actor

Who died on June 17?

  • 1565
    Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)
  • 1719
    Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (b. 1672)
  • 1740
    Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
  • 1771
    Daskalogiannis, Cretan rebel (birth year unknown)
  • 1813
    Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician (b. 1726)
  • 1839
    Lord William Bentinck, British soldier, Governor-General of India (b. 1774)
  • 1858
    Queen Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi (b. 1828)
  • 1981
    Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1982
    Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Bussunda, Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)

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