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

  • 1565
    Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
  • 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.
  • 1789
    In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
  • 1885
    The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
  • 1930
    U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
  • 1940
    World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • 1960
    The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 e6acre of land undervalued at 4 cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.
  • 1963
    The United States Supreme Court rules 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.
  • 1991
    Apartheid: the South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
  • 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?

  • 1682
    King Charles XII of Sweden (d. 1718)
  • 1818
    Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1877)
  • 1882
    Adolphus Frederick VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg (d. 1918)
  • 1898
    Carl Hermann, German physicist (d. 1961)
  • 1909
    Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor (d. 2004)
  • 1943
    Barry Manilow, American musician
  • 1944
    Bill Rafferty, American comedian and impressionist
  • 1947
    Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (Sad Café, Mike + The Mechanics) (d. 2000)
  • 1960
    Thomas Haden Church, American actor
  • 1966
    Christy Canyon, American pornographic actress

Who died on June 17?

  • 1694
    Philip Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
  • 1771
    Daskalogiannis, Cretan rebel (birth year unknown)
  • 1839
    Lord William Bentinck, British soldier, Governor-General of India (b. 1774)
  • 1956
    Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • 1956
    Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • 1961
    Jeff Chandler, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1974
    Pamela Britton, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1984
    Milbourne Christopher, American illusionist (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)

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