17th June, on this day

653 St Martin I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
676 Deusdedit III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1397 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden and Norway
1462 Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II in The Night Attack, and the latter is forced to retreat from Wallachia.
1497 Battle of Deptford Bridge - Forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
1565 Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1579 English explorer Sir Francis Drake proclaims English sovereignty over an area of the New World known as New Albion - modern day California
1631 Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spent more than 20 years to build her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1745 American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton I from French
1775 American War of Independence: Battle of Bunker Hill north of Boston, Massachussets which ends in victory for the British
1789 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
1823 Charles MacIntosh patents the waterproof cloth he uses to make raincoats
1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
1850 Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)
1856 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
1863 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back the Union in Virginia
1863 Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
1867 Pioneer doctor Joseph Lister performs the first operation using an antiseptic
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.
1877 Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon - The Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
1882 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
1885 Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere'
1894 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont
1919 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premiers
1928 Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman to fly the Atlantic
(as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
1929 Premiere of the Alfred Hitchcock film Blackmail
1930 U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
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 were gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
1939 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.
1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
1940 Operation Ariel begins - Allied troops start to evacuate France, following Germany's takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
1940 Sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
1940 The British Army's 11th Hussars assault and take Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.
1940 The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
1942 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)
1944 Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland
1945 Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)
1946 SW Bell innaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis
1947 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
1948 A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
1950 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
1953 Riots in East Germany for reunification
1953 Sup Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for the next day their 14th anniversary
1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
1957 Tuskegee boycott begins (Blacks boycotted city stores)
1963 US Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools
1965 Kinks arrive in NYC beginning their 1st US tour
1967 China becomes world's 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
1970 Edwin Land patents his Polaroid camera
1972 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.
1972 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
1975 Voters in Northern Mariana Is approve commonwealth status with US
1976 Russian Boris Spassky becomes the world chass champion
1982 Pres Reagan 1st UN Gen Assembly address ("evil empire" speech)
1982 President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat
1982 Manchester United footballer Norman Whiteside becomes the youngest player to appear in the World Cup finals - playing for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia in Spain aged 17 years and 41 days
1982 President Galtieri is ousted as Argentinian President after losing the Falklands War to Britain
1982 Italian banker Roberto Calvi is found hanged underneath Blackfriars Bridge in London
1987 With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
1988 Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips
1988 Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
1988 The Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
1988 Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
1991 In South Africa, the repeal of the Population Registration Act of 1950 effectively ends the Government's policy of Apartheid
1991 The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required all racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
1992 A '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)
1994 Following 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.
1994 Start of football's World Cup Finals in the United States of America with an opening ceremony which included President Bill Clinton; television celebrity Oprah Winfrey and international singer Diana Ross

17th June 2006

Bombers defy Bagdad security

French immigration bill approved

Chinese PM on Africa tour

17th June 2007

New Palestinian cabinet sworn in

Kabul police bus bomb 'kills 35'

Rockets from Lebanon hit Israel

17th June 2008

Baghdad bus stop bomb 'kills 51'

Israel and Hamas 'agree truce'

Global refugee total rises again

17th June 2009

US unveils banking reform plans

Mali army 'takes al-Qaeda base'

Fresh protest under way in Tehran

17th June 2010

Colombian mine blast traps dozens

Israel to ease blockade of Gaza

BP 'disregarded dangers' at well

Birthdates which occurred on 17th June :

1239 Edward I king of England (1272-1307)
1703 John Wesley cofounded Methodist movement/author
1742 William Hooper signed Decl of Ind
1811 Jon Sigurdsson Iceland, leader/collects Icelandic legends
1818 Charles Gounod Paris, France, opera composer (Faust)
1832 Sir William Crookes chemist/physicist; discovered thallium
1858 Eben Sumner Draper former MA Gov
1867 John Robert Gregg Ireland, inventor (shorthand)
1870 George Cormack created "Wheaties" cereal
1871 James Weldon Johnson lawyer, 1st black admitted to Florida Bar
1882 Igor Stravinsky Oranienbaum, Russia, composer (The Rite of Spring)
19-- Irwin "Sonny" Fox Bkln NY, TV host (Wonderama, $64,000 Challenge)
19-- Jason Patric actor (Lost Boys, Solar Babies)
19-- Michael Monroe rock vocalist (Hanoi Rocks, Ain't it Fun)
19-- Paul Stevens actor (Young & Restless)
1904 Ralph Bellamy Chicago, actor (Air Mail, Dive Bomber, Trading Places)
1910 Red Foley Blue Lick Ky, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington)
1912 Don Gillis Cameron Missouri, composer (Symphony #5«)
1914 John Hersey author (Hiroshima, A Bell for Adano)
1915 Stringbean [David Akeman], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)
1919 Kingman Brewster college president (Yale)
1920 Beryl Reid actress (Joseph Andrews, Psycho Mania, Yellowbeard)
1920 Fran‡ois Jacob France, biologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1965)
1922 Jerry Fielding Pitts Pa, orch leader (Lively Ones)
1923 Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch AAFC, NFL halfback, end (LA Rams)
1925 Keith Larsen Salt Lake City Utah, actor (The Hunter, Brave Eagle)
1928 James Brown rocker (Hot Pants)
1929 Tigran Petrosyan USSR, world chess champion (1963-69)
1931 Virginia McKenna London, actress (Born Free, Gathering Storm)
1940 Bobby Bell NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
1942 Norman Kuhlice England, rocker (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
1945 Eddy Merckx Belguim, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)
1946 Barry Manilow NYC, singer (Mandy)
1948 David Concepcion Venezuela, all star shortstop (Cincinatti Reds)
1948 Phylicia Allen Ayers Rashad Houston Tx, actress (Cosby)
1951 Joe Piscopo Passaic NJ, comedian (SNL, Miller Lite commercials)
1954 Mark Linn-Baker St Louis, actor (Larry Appleton-Perfect Strangers)
1958 Dan McVicar Independence Mo, actor (Clarke-Bold & Beautiful)
1964 Michael Gross West Germany, swimmer (Olympic-2 world records-1984)
1965 Kami Cotler Long Beach Calif, actress (Elizabeth-The Waltons)
1969 Kevin Thornton vocalist (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up)
1975 Frederick Koehler Queens NY, actor (Chip-Kate & Allie)
1977 Jason Miller Silver Springs Md, actor (New Mickey Mouse Club)


Deaths which occurred on June 17th:
1905 M ximo G¢mez Cuban general, dies at 68
1939 Eugene Weldman last guillotined in France
1961 Jeff Chandler actor, dies at 40
1973 Luis Van Rooten actor (One Man's Family), dies at 66
1974 Pamela Britton actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
1978 Cully Richards actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
1979 Lou Frizzel actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
1984 Chet Allen actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter), dies at 51
1984 Swale Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
1986 Kate Smith singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
1987 Dick Howser NY Yankee & KC Royal mgr, dies at 51 of brain cancer
1989 David S Griggs astronaut, dies in crash of WW II vintage plane
1989 John Matusek Oakland Raider/actor, dies at 38 of a heart attack
1989 Mr Griggs astronaut, dies in crash of WW II vintage plane
1990 Palmira Henry fashion designer, dies at 44 of cerebral hemorrhage

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