June 17th Events

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June 17th, 2008 (June 17 2008)EventFirst day of legal same-sex marriage in California
June 17th, 1994 (June 17 1994)EventFollowing a televised low-speed highway chase and a failed attempt at suicide, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
June 17th, 1992 (June 17 1992)EventA Joint Understanding agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).George H. W. Bush Quotes
June 17th, 1991 (June 17 1991)EventApartheid: the South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required all racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
June 17th, 1987 (June 17 1987)EventWith the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
June 17th, 1972 (June 17 1972)EventWatergate scandal: five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.
June 17th, 1963 (June 17 1963)EventThe 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.
June 17th, 1961 (June 17 1961)EventThe New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.
June 17th, 1958 (June 17 1958)EventThe Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing being built connecting Vancouver and North Vancouver, Canada, collapses into the Burrard Inlet, killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others.
June 17th, 1958 (June 17 1958)EventThe Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
June 17th, 1953 (June 17 1953)EventWorkers Uprising: in East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
June 17th, 1948 (June 17 1948)EventA Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
June 17th, 1944 (June 17 1944)EventIceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic
June 17th, 1940 (June 17 1940)EventWorld War II: Operation Ariel beginsAllied troops start to evacuate France, following Germany s takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
June 17th, 1940 (June 17 1940)EventWorld War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
June 17th, 1940 (June 17 1940)EventWorld War II: the British Army s 11th Hussars assault and take Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.
June 17th, 1940 (June 17 1940)EventThe three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
June 17th, 1939 (June 17 1939)EventLast public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.
June 17th, 1933 (June 17 1933)EventUnion Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash were gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
June 17th, 1932 (June 17 1932)EventBonus 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.
June 17th, 1930 (June 17 1930)EventU.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.Herbert Hoover Quotes
June 17th, 1901 (June 17 1901)EventThe College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
June 17th, 1898 (June 17 1898)EventThe United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
June 17th, 1885 (June 17 1885)EventThe Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
June 17th, 1877 (June 17 1877)EventIndian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyonthe Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
June 17th, 1876 (June 17 1876)EventIndian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook s forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.
June 17th, 1863 (June 17 1863)EventBattle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
June 17th, 1839 (June 17 1839)EventIn the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established as a result.
June 17th, 1789 (June 17 1789)EventIn France, the Third Estate declares itself the national assembly.
June 17th, 1775 (June 17 1775)EventAmerican Revolutionary War: Battle of Bunker Hill
June 17th, 1773 (June 17 1773)EventCucuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuellar
June 17th, 1631 (June 17 1631)EventMumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
June 17th, 1579 (June 17 1579)EventSir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England. Bion Quotes
June 17th, 1565 (June 17 1565)EventMatsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
June 17th, 1497 (June 17 1497)EventBattle of Deptford Bridgeforces under King Henry VII soundly defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.Henry Ford Quotes
June 17th, 1462 (June 17 1462)EventVlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

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