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

  • 1631
    Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.
  • 1861
    Battle of Vienna, Virginia in the American Civil War.
  • 1863
    Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of 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.
  • 1901
    The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
  • 1940
    The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
  • 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 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.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
  • 1987
    With the death of the last individual of the species, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1898
    M. C. Escher, Dutch artist (d. 1972)
  • 1932
    Peter Lupus, American actor
  • 1943
    Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer
  • 1944
    Bill Rafferty, American comedian and impressionist
  • 1945
    Art Bell, American radio broadcaster and author
  • 1958
    Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician
  • 1971
    Mildred Fox, Irish politician
  • 1976
    Sven Nys, Belgian cyclo-cross rider
  • 1978
    Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress
  • 1983
    Connie Fisher, English stage actress

Who died on June 17?

  • 900
    Fulk the Venerable, Archbishop of Rheims (birth year unknown)
  • 1091
    Dirk V, Count of Holland (b. 1052)
  • 1813
    Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician (b. 1726)
  • 1858
    Queen Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi (b. 1828)
  • 1940
    Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1865)
  • 1979
    Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • 1981
    Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 2007
    Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2008
    Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2009
    Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)

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