Famous Events on this Day in History, June 17:

653 - St Martin I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
656 - Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
676 - Deusdedit III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1091 - Floris II de Vette becomes earl of Holland
1119 - Charles the Good becomes earl of Flanders
1291 - Akko reconquered after 200 years by French crusaders, & destroyed
1397 - Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway
1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
1497 - Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
1535 - English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights
1565 - Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1579 - Anti-English uprising in Ireland
1579 - Francis Drake entered SF Bay
1579 - Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of Calif
1580 - Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels
1583 - Brabant: duke of Parma beats French mercenaries
1609 - Netherlands, England & France sign 12 year Covenant
1631 - Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1665 - Battle at Viciosa: English & Portuguese army beat Spain
1700 - Mass orders priest to leave the colony
1734 - French troops occupy Philipsburg at Rhine
1745 - American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton I from French
1773 - Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar
1775 - Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)
1789 - 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
1815 - Stephen Decatur conquerors Algerian frigate Mashouda
1824 - Bureau of Indian Affairs established
1837 - Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
1839 - In 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.
1850 - Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)
1855 - Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, 2000+ killed
1856 - Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
1861 - Battle of Boonville, MI-Brig General Lyon defeats Confederate forces
1863 - Battle at Middleburg Virginia
1863 - Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia
1863 - Naval Engagement at Warsaw Sound GA-USS Weehawken vs CSS Atlanta
1863 - Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
1864 - -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia
1864 - 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished
1864 - General John B Hood replaces General Johnston
1864 - Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia
1876 - 1st to hit 2 HRs; & score 5 runs in 9 inn NL game (George Hall, A's)
1876 - Battle of Rosebud/Battle Where Girl Saved Her Brother
1877 - Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon - the Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
1880 - John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
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
1895 - US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan
1897 - William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti
1898 - US Senate agrees to annex Hawaii
1898 - The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
1901 - The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
1911 - Belgium govt of De Broqueville forms
1915 - League to Enforce Peace forms in Philadelphia
1916 - 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
1916 - US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico
1917 - British king George V takes the name Windsor
1919 - "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres
1920 - Dutch 2nd Chamber accept Anti-revolution law
1928 - Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
1930 - Bradman scores 131 in the 1st Test cricket at Trent Bridge
1930 - Chuck Klein sets Phillies hitting streak at 26 straight games
1932 - Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
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 - Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob
1937 - Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in NY
1938 - Japan declares war on China
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 - General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
1940 - Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
1940 - USSR occupies Estonia
1940 - World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
1942 - 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)
1943 - Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs
1944 - -19] French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba
1944 - Hitler secretly meets with von Rundstedt in Marjival Soissons
1944 - Iceland declares independence from Denmark
1944 - Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland
1944 - Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London
1945 - Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)
1946 - SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis
1947 - 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
1947 - Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin
1947 - Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline
1948 - Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader
1950 - 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
1950 - Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & Syria sign security pact
1951 - "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances
1952 - 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
1953 - Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
1953 - Riots in East Germany for reunification
1953 - Sup Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary
1954 - CIA exile army lands in Guatemala (JF Dulles & United Fruit Co)
1954 - Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1954 - Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
1956 - Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister
1957 - "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orch peaks at #2
1957 - Tuskegee boycott begins (Blacks boycotted city stores)
1958 - Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
1958 - The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
1959 - Eamon de Valera elected pres of Ireland
1960 - Ted Williams hit his 500th HR
1961 - "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 perfs
1961 - 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
1961 - Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt
1962 - 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC PA
1962 - Brazil Beats Czechoslovakia in soccer's 7th World Cup at Santiago
1962 - Lou Brock is 2nd to HR into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers
1962 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
1963 - British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
1963 - Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools
1965 - 11.08" (28.14 cm) of rainfall, Holly, Colorado (state 24-hour record)
1965 - 1st bombing by B-52 (50 km north of Saigon)
1965 - Kinks arrive in NYC beginning their 1st US tour
1966 - Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers
1967 - "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5
1967 - 1st Chinese hydrogen bomb explodes
1967 - Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed
1967 - China becomes world's 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
1967 - Longest doubleheader 9:15 (Tigers & Athletics)
1968 - Belgium govt of Eyskens-Merlot forms
1968 - KQEC TV channel 32 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 - Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" goes gold
1969 - "Oh! Calcutta!" opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)
1970 - Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera
1972 - "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
1972 - 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate
1972 - Chile president Allende forms new government
1972 - Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
1973 - 1st du Maurier Golf Classic (La Canadienne): Jocelyne Bourassa
1973 - 73rd US Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Oakmont CC PA
1973 - Russian party leader Brezhnev visits US
1975 - Voters in Northern Mariana Is approve commonwealth status with US
1976 - ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
1976 - Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
1978 - "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
1978 - Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs
1979 - "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances
1979 - 79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo
1979 - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
1980 - Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour
1981 - Battle between Moslems & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
1982 - Pres Reagan 1st UN Gen Assembly address ("evil empire" speech)
1982 - President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat
1984 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
1984 - John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as premier of Canada
1985 - 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched
1986 - Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated
1987 - With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
1988 - Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips
1988 - Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
1988 - Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
1988 - Soyuz TM-5 launches
1988 - Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
1989 - US beats Guatemala 2-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1990 - "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 62 perfs
1990 - "Zoya's Apartment" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 45 perfs
1990 - 90th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 280 at Medinah CC in Medinah Il
1990 - Chris Johnson wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic
1991 - Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78
1991 - Pres Zachary Taylors body is exhumed to test how he died
1991 - South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
1992 - Conn Gov Lowell Weicker & WFAN DJ Don Imus change places for 1 day
1992 - Phila 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns
1992 - Slaughtering by Inkhata-followers at Boipatong, S Africa, kills 42
1993 - Indians' Carlos Baerga hits 3 home runs against Detroit
1994 - 1994 World Cup soccer match begin, Germany vs Bolivia in Chicago
1994 - OJ Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)
1995 - "Who's Tommy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 899 performances
1996 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse NY on WAQX 95.7 FM
1997 - NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
2008 - First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
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