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

  • 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.
  • 1863
    Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon – the Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
  • 1939
    Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison
  • 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.
  • 1987
    With the death of the last individual of the species, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
  • 1991
    Apartheid: the South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
  • 1992
    A “joint understanding” agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).
  • 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?

  • 1268
    Lord Borchard de Herle, English diplomat (d. 1305)
  • 1900
    Martin Bormann, German Nazi official (d. 1945)
  • 1918
    Ajahn Chah, Thai meditation master (d. 1992)
  • 1947
    Christopher Allport, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1957
    Jon Gries, American actor
  • 1959
    Nikos Stavropoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1980
    Kimeru, Japanese singer
  • 1983
    Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1988
    Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player
  • 1988
    Stephanie Rice, Australian swimmer

Who died on June 17?

  • 1463
    Princess Catherine of Portugal (b. 1436)
  • 1775
    John Pitcairn, British military officier (b. 1722)
  • 1839
    Lord William Bentinck, British soldier, Governor-General of India (b. 1774)
  • 1904
    Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov, Russian politician (b. 1839)
  • 1956
    Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • 1987
    Dick Howser, American baseball player and manager (b. 1936)
  • 1999
    Basil Hume, English Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Westminster (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2009
    Darrell Powers, American World War II figure (b. 1923)

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