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 168th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 4, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,497,657,600 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 ‘hectahexacontaoctagon’ 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 247 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 1,639 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.
  • 1789
    In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon – the Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
  • 1898
    The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1268
    Lord Borchard de Herle, English diplomat (d. 1305)
  • 1898
    M. C. Escher, Dutch artist (d. 1972)
  • 1923
    Elroy Hirsch, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1927
    Martin Böttcher, German conductor
  • 1933
    Harry Browne, American writer and investment analyst (d. 2006)
  • 1963
    Greg Kinnear, American actor
  • 1970
    Popeye Jones, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Stéphane Fiset, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1971
    Mildred Fox, Irish politician
  • 1990
    Jordan Henderson, English footballer

Who died on June 17?

  • 900
    Fulk the Venerable, Archbishop of Rheims (birth year unknown)
  • 1025
    King Bolesław I the Brave of Poland (b. 967)
  • 1091
    Dirk V, Count of Holland (b. 1052)
  • 1981
    Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1985
    John Boulting, English filmmaker (b. 1913)
  • 1987
    Dick Howser, American baseball player and manager (b. 1936)
  • 2005
    Sam Loeb, American comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2006
    Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
  • 2009
    Darrell Powers, American World War II figure (b. 1923)

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