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Events of June 17th:
June 17th is the 168th day of the year (169th day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of the year.
On this page, we have placed information about June 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on June 17th:
1457 Edward I (King of England 1272-1307)
1767 Alexis Bouvard (astronomer - predicted existence of Neptune based on irregularities in the motion of Uranus)
1882 Igor Stravinsky (composer)
1898 M. C. Escher (illustrator)
1919 Beryl Reid (actress)
1936 Ken Loach (film director)
1943 Newt Gingrich (US politician, historian, author)
1943 Barry Manilow (singer)
1943 Burt Rutan (aerospace engineer)
1945 Ken Livingstone (Mayor of London 2000-2008)
1945 Tommy Franks (US general)
1958 Bobby Farrelly (film director/producer, screenwriter)
1958 Jello Biafra (singer, musician - The Dead Kennedys)
1978 James Corden (actor, comedian)
1980 Venus Williams (tennis player)
June 17th in History:
1579 Francis Drake claims Nova Albion (California) for England.
1631 Mumtaz Mahal, chief consort of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, dies in childbirth. Shah Jahan subsequently builds the Taj Mahal as her mausoleum.
1885 Statue of Liberty arrives in New York harbor.
1944 Iceland formally becomes a republic, fully independent from Denmark.
1961 Rudolf Nureyev defects from the USSR.
1967 China tests its first hydrogen bomb
1971 US President Richard Nixon declares a War on Drugs.
1973 Burglars are caught breaking into Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate Complex.
1994 O. J. Simpson is arrested for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
June 17th is also:
Independence Day (Iceland)
Feast of Saint Ismael (Eastern Orthodox)
People born on June 17th are Gemini
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