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, 24,960,960 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 ‘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

  • 1579
    Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
  • 1673
    French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
  • 1773
    Cúcuta, Colombia, is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • 1789
    In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
  • 1839
    In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace are established as a result.
  • 1939
    Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison
  • 1963
    A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. One person is killed.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
  • 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?

  • 1858
    Ebenezer Sumner Draper, 44th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • 1907
    Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1933
    Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (d. 1970)
  • 1947
    Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (Sad Café, Mike + The Mechanics) (d. 2000)
  • 1951
    Joe Piscopo, American actor
  • 1956
    Chi-chi Nwanoku, English double bassist
  • 1958
    Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician
  • 1965
    Dan Jansen, American speed skater
  • 1986
    Apoula Edel, Armenian footballer
  • 1989
    Giorgos Tofas, Cypriot footballer

Who died on June 17?

  • 1719
    Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (b. 1672)
  • 1775
    John Pitcairn, British military officier (b. 1722)
  • 1821
    Martín Miguel de Güemes, Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
  • 1981
    Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1984
    Milbourne Christopher, American illusionist (b. 1914)
  • 1987
    Dick Howser, American baseball player and manager (b. 1936)
  • 2001
    Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2002
    Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2009
    Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)

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