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

  • 1497
    Battle of Deptford Bridge – forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
  • 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.
  • 1885
    The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
  • 1930
    U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
  • 1933
    Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
  • 1944
    Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Apartheid: the South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1742
    William Hooper, American signer of the United States Declaration of Independence (d. 1790)
  • 1839
    Arthur Tooth, English Anglican clergyman (d. 1931)
  • 1863
    Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, Russian-born head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1934)
  • 1904
    Ralph Bellamy, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1909
    Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • 1952
    Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1960
    Adrián Campos, Spanish racing driver
  • 1982
    Marek Svatoš, Slovakian ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Connie Fisher, English stage actress
  • 1984
    John Gallagher, Jr., American actor

Who died on June 17?

  • 1694
    Philip Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
  • 1821
    Martín Miguel de Güemes, Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
  • 1898
    Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
  • 1941
    Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer and organist (b. 1862)
  • 1963
    Aleksander Kesküla, Estonian politician and nationalist (b. 1882)
  • 1979
    Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • 1986
    Kate Smith, American singer (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2005
    Sam Loeb, American comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2009
    Darrell Powers, American World War II figure (b. 1923)

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