About June 17

June 17, 2021 is the 168th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Gemini is the sun 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 229 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On June 17

  • 1565
    Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
  • 1579
    Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
  • 1631
    Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.
  • 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.
  • 1789
    In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
  • 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 are established as a result.
  • 1861
    Battle of Vienna, Virginia in the American Civil War.
  • 1863
    Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. One person is killed.
  • 1963
    The 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.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
  • 1972
    Watergate 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.
  • 1981
    Hyatt Regency walkway collapse: In the Hyatt Regency Hotel the 2nd and 4th floor walkways collapse crushing 144 people to death, this was the worst structural failure in the United States.
  • 1987
    With the death of the last individual of the species, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
  • 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.

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