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, 407,256 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 ‘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

  • 1497
    Battle of Deptford Bridge – forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
  • 1773
    Cúcuta, Colombia, is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
  • 1885
    The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1861
    Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
  • 1898
    M. C. Escher, Dutch artist (d. 1972)
  • 1929
    Tigran Petrosian, Armenian chess player (d. 1984)
  • 1932
    John Murtha, American politician (d. 2010)
  • 1960
    Adrián Campos, Spanish racing driver
  • 1966
    Christy Canyon, American pornographic actress
  • 1968
    Minoru Suzuki, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist
  • 1970
    Jason Hanson, American football player
  • 1976
    Scott Adkins, English actor
  • 1980
    Jeph Jacques, American webcomic writer

Who died on June 17?

  • 1025
    King Bolesław I the Brave of Poland (b. 967)
  • 1696
    King John III Sobieski of Poland (b. 1629)
  • 1719
    Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (b. 1672)
  • 1775
    John Pitcairn, British military officier (b. 1722)
  • 1898
    Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
  • 1940
    Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1865)
  • 1974
    Pamela Britton, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1983
    Peter Mennin, American composer and teacher (b. 1923)
  • 2002
    Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)

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