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, 24,435,360 minutes 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

  • 1497
    Battle of Deptford Bridge – forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
  • 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.
  • 1863
    Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
  • 1939
    Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison
  • 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.
  • 1948
    A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1810
    Ferdinand Freiligrath, German writer (d. 1876)
  • 1832
    Sir William Crookes, English physicist and chemist (d. 1919)
  • 1882
    Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (d. 1971)
  • 1943
    Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer
  • 1951
    Joe Piscopo, American actor
  • 1964
    Michael Groß, German swimmer
  • 1965
    Dara O'Kearney, Irish ultra runner and professional poker player
  • 1975
    Jennifer Irwin, Canadian actress
  • 1982
    Arthur Darvill, English actor
  • 1988
    Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player

Who died on June 17?

  • 900
    Fulk the Venerable, Archbishop of Rheims (birth year unknown)
  • 1696
    King John III Sobieski of Poland (b. 1629)
  • 1821
    Martín Miguel de Güemes, Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
  • 1956
    Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • 1979
    Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • 1983
    Peter Mennin, American composer and teacher (b. 1923)
  • 2001
    Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2002
    Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2008
    Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)

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