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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 4, 2015 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 398,472 hours 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 236 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 908 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 17 Historical Events

  • 1861
    Battle of Vienna, Virginia in the American Civil War.
  • 1863
    Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
  • 1910
    Aurel Vlaicu pilots a A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
  • 1932
    Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
  • 1944
    Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.
  • 1958
    The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, in the process of being built to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver (Canada), collapses into the Burrard Inlet killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others.
  • 1958
    The wooden roller coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada opens. It is still open today.
  • 1960
    The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 e6acre of land undervalued at 4 cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1832
    Sir William Crookes, English physicist and chemist (d. 1919)
  • 1863
    Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, Russian-born head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1934)
  • 1932
    John Murtha, American politician (d. 2010)
  • 1962
    Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks)
  • 1964
    Michael Groß, German swimmer
  • 1970
    Michael Showalter, American comedian
  • 1970
    Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian
  • 1971
    Mildred Fox, Irish politician
  • 1978
    Isabelle Delobel, French ice dancer
  • 1983
    Connie Fisher, English stage actress

Who died on June 17?

  • 1696
    King John III Sobieski of Poland (b. 1629)
  • 1939
    Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1974
    Pamela Britton, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1981
    Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1983
    Peter Mennin, American composer and teacher (b. 1923)
  • 1984
    John Murray, American playwright (b. 1906)
  • 1996
    Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2005
    Sam Loeb, American comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2009
    Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)

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