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

  • 1773
    Cúcuta, Colombia, is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
  • 1861
    Battle of Vienna, Virginia in the American Civil War.
  • 1876
    Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud – 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook’s forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: the British Army’s 11th Hussars assault and take Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.
  • 1953
    East Germany Workers Uprising: in East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
  • 1958
    The wooden roller coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada opens. It is still open today.
  • 1960
    The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 e6acre of land undervalued at 4 cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.
  • 1961
    The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded by the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1907
    Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1914
    John Hersey, American writer and journalist (d. 1993)
  • 1943
    Newt Gingrich, American politician
  • 1944
    Randy Johnson, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1945
    Ken Livingstone, English politician
  • 1950
    Lee Tamahori, New Zealand film director
  • 1958
    Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician
  • 1968
    Minoru Suzuki, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist
  • 1975
    Jennifer Irwin, Canadian actress
  • 1983
    Lee Ryan, British singer (Blue)

Who died on June 17?

  • 1696
    King John III Sobieski of Poland (b. 1629)
  • 1839
    Lord William Bentinck, British soldier, Governor-General of India (b. 1774)
  • 1858
    Queen Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi (b. 1828)
  • 1898
    Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
  • 1939
    Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1940
    Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1865)
  • 1963
    Aleksander Kesküla, Estonian politician and nationalist (b. 1882)
  • 1968
    José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • 1979
    Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • 1981
    Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (b. 1889)

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