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, 1,466,121,600 seconds 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

  • 1565
    Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
  • 1673
    French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • 1910
    Aurel Vlaicu pilots a A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
  • 1940
    World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • 1940
    World War II: the British Army’s 11th Hussars assault and take Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1981
    Hyatt Regency walkway collapse: In the Hyatt Regency Hotel the 2nd and 4th floor walkways collapse crushing 144 people to death, this was the worst structural failure in the United States.
  • 1987
    With the death of the last individual of the species, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1682
    King Charles XII of Sweden (d. 1718)
  • 1898
    M. C. Escher, Dutch artist (d. 1972)
  • 1944
    Randy Johnson, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1947
    Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (Sad Café, Mike + The Mechanics) (d. 2000)
  • 1951
    Joe Piscopo, American actor
  • 1957
    Martin Dillon, American opera singer (d. 2005)
  • 1958
    Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician
  • 1970
    Stéphane Fiset, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Kimeru, Japanese singer
  • 1984
    John Gallagher, Jr., American actor

Who died on June 17?

  • 900
    Fulk the Venerable, Archbishop of Rheims (birth year unknown)
  • 1565
    Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)
  • 1904
    Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov, Russian politician (b. 1839)
  • 1940
    Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1865)
  • 1969
    Rita Abatzi, Greek rebetiko singer (b. 1914)
  • 1981
    Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1984
    John Murray, American playwright (b. 1906)
  • 2006
    Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Bussunda, Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
  • 2008
    Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)

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