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, 24,435,360 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 ‘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.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 e6acre of land undervalued at 4 cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.
  • 1961
    The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded by the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Who were born on June 17?

  • 1861
    Omar Bundy, American Army general (d. 1940)
  • 1898
    Harry Patch, British supercentenarian (d. 2009)
  • 1940
    George Akerlof, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1948
    Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1956
    Iain Milne, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • 1958
    Jon Leibowitz, American government official
  • 1965
    Dermontti Dawson, American football player
  • 1981
    Kyle Boller, American football player
  • 1983
    Lee Ryan, British singer (Blue)
  • 1990
    Jordan Henderson, English footballer

Who died on June 17?

  • 1463
    Princess Catherine of Portugal (b. 1436)
  • 1694
    Philip Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
  • 1719
    Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (b. 1672)
  • 1740
    Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
  • 1904
    Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov, Russian politician (b. 1839)
  • 1942
    Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician (b. 1853)
  • 1979
    Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • 1996
    Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Bussunda, Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)

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