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

  • 1462
    Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
  • 1885
    The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
  • 1910
    Aurel Vlaicu pilots a A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
  • 1939
    Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison
  • 1940
    The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
  • 1944
    Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.
  • 1961
    The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded by the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    A “joint understanding” agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1839
    Arthur Tooth, English Anglican clergyman (d. 1931)
  • 1881
    Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer (d. 1955)
  • 1888
    Heinz Guderian, German general (d. 1954)
  • 1909
    Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • 1927
    Martin Böttcher, German conductor
  • 1944
    Randy Johnson, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1965
    Dermontti Dawson, American football player
  • 1972
    Sebastian White, English drummer (Oasis)
  • 1978
    Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress
  • 1984
    John Gallagher, Jr., American actor

Who died on June 17?

  • 1898
    Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
  • 1940
    Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1865)
  • 1941
    Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer and organist (b. 1862)
  • 1963
    Aleksander Kesküla, Estonian politician and nationalist (b. 1882)
  • 1985
    John Boulting, English filmmaker (b. 1913)
  • 1987
    Dick Howser, American baseball player and manager (b. 1936)
  • 1996
    Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
  • 2007
    Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2009
    Darrell Powers, American World War II figure (b. 1923)

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