This Day in History for 17th June

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 180

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 - Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"
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
Inventor Charles GoodyearInventor Charles Goodyear 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-Brigadier 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 government 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.
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
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 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)
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky MarcianoHeavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 236

1239 - Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) subdued Wales, expelled Jews from England
1603 - Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint (d. 1663)
1604 - Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen (Maurits House)
1682 - Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718)
1691 - Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)
1693 - Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (d. 1775)
1704 - John Kay, English inventor (d. 1780)
1714 - Cesar F Cassini, de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor)
1718 - George Howard, British field marshal (d. 1796)
1725 - Joseph Anton Bauer, composer
1742 - William Hooper, US attorney (signed Decl of Independence)
1750 - Michel Woldemar, composer
1756 - Pierre-Joseph Cambon, French member of Committee of Salut Public
1808 - Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (d. 1845)
1810 - F Freiligrath, writer
1811 - Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian (d. 1879)
1817 - Thomas Maley Harris, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1906
1818 - Charles Francois Gounod, Paris France, opera composer (Faust)
1818 - Sophia Frederika Mathilde, queen of Netherlands/wife of William III
1823 - John Henry Hobart Ward, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1903
1828 - Jan K J de Jonge, Dutch historian
1830 - Rochard Montgomery Gano, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1913
1832 - William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe, thallium)
1837 - Vincent Strong, civil war fighter, died in 1863
1838 - Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya/Chatterjee, Bengali writer and poet (Vande Mataram)
1839 - Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities (d. 1931)
1845 - Hendrik P Staal, Dutch banker
1855 - Fritz Steinbach, composer
1858 - Eben Sumner Draper, (Gov-MA)
1861 - Sidney James Jones, composer
1861 - Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
1861 - Omar Bundy, U.S. army general and soldier (d. 1940)
1863 - Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1934)
1867 - John Robert Gregg, Ireland, inventor (shorthand)
1867 - Henry Lawson, Australian poet (d. 1922)
1870 - George Cormack, cereal inventor (Wheaties)
1871 - James Weldon Johnson, lawyer (1st black admitted to Florida Bar)
1871 - Nicolae Iorga, writer/poet/literature historian/pres of Romania
1874 - Grant Mitchell, Columbus OH, actor (Man Who Came to Dinner)
1875 - Philipp A Kohnstamm, philosopher/theorist (Mensch & World)
1878 - Albert Thomas, French socialist politician
1880 - Carl Van Fight, US author/critic (Red, Nigger Heaven)
1880 - Russell Simpson, actor (Abraham Lincoln)
1880 - Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (d. 1964)
1881 - Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer (d. 1955)
Composer Igor StravinskyComposer Igor Stravinsky (1882) 1882 - Igor Stravinsky, Oranienbaum, Russia, composer (Rite of Spring) [OS 05/06]
1882 - Adolf Friedrich VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1918)
1883 - Alexandre Cellier, composer
1884 - Christina C Bakker-van Bosse, feminist/pacifist
1888 - Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer
1888 - Heinz Guderian, German General (d. 1954)
1895 - Slavko Osterc, composer
1898 - Maurits C Escher, Dutch graphic artist
1898 - Carl Hermann, German physicist (d. 1961)
1900 - Hermann Reuter, composer
1900 - Martin Bormann, propoganda minister (Hitler)
1902 - Sammy Fain, American popular music composer (d. 1989)
1902 - Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (d. 1982)
1903 - Michail Swetlow, writer
1903 - Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
1904 - Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist
1904 - Ralph Bellamy, Chicago, actor (Air Mail, Dive Bomber, Trading Places)
1906 - Thomas G Cowling, British mathematician/astronomer
1907 - Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter (d. 1990)
1907 - Charles Eames, American designer and architect (d. 1978)
1908 - Frank Sully, St Louis MO, actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief)
1908 - Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/Writer
1908 - John Verrall, composer
1909 - Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
1909 - Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor (d. 2004)
1910 - Herbert Owen Reed, composer
1910 - Red Foley, Blue Lick Ky, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington)
1910 - Red Foley, American musician (d. 1968)
1911 - Viktor P Nekrasov, Ukrainian author (Vokopach Stalingrada)
1912 - Wessel Couzijn, sculptor/cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument)
1913 - Felix Hartlaub, writer
1914 - John R Hersey, author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall)
1915 - Stringbean, [David Akeman], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)
1915 - Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (d. 1996)
1916 - Einar Englund, composer
1916 - Victor Dalby Lord, ficticious character on One Life to Live
1917 - Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
1918 - Maldwyn Thomas, president (Welsh Liberal Party)
1918 - Ajahn Chah, Buddhist meditation master (d. 1992)
1919 - Antonius C "Ton" Lutz, Dutch actor/director (Lucifer)
1919 - Galina Ivanova Ustvol'skaya, composer
1919 - Kingman Brewster, college president (Yale)
1919 - Max Dendermonde, [Henk Hazelhoff], Dutch literary
1920 - Beryl Reid, actress (Joseph Andrews, Psychomania, Yellowbeard)
1920 - Francois Jacob, France, biologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), (d. 2013)
1920 - Patrick Duffy, MP
1920 - Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (d. 1981)
1922 - Herbert Kelsey Jones, composer
1922 - Jerry Fielding, Pitts Pa, composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes)
1923 - Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, AAFC, NFL halfback, end (LA Rams)
1924 - Gotthold Gloger, writer
1924 - Henk J Hoekstra, president (Dutch Communist Party)
1925 - Keith Larsen, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle)
1926 - Alan Walters, political economist
1926 - Manuel Enriquez, composer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 11 of 11

1923 - Chemist Linus Pauling (22) weds Ava Helen Miller
1950 - US Attorney General Robert Kennedy (24) weds Ethel Kennedy (25) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut
1962 - Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles
1977 - Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City
1983 - Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs
1997 - Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle
1997 - Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (57) weds actor Robert De Niro (68) at their Marbletown home
2000 - Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson (28) weds Kristin Willits (29) at Lee County's Cathedral Domain in Kentucky
2006 - Producer Dick Wolf (59) weds fashion publicist Noelle Lippman
2006 - Model Bianca Balti (22) weds Italian photographer assistant Christian Lucidi
2012 - "Revenge" actress Ashley Madekwe (30) weds "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl" actor Iddo Goldberg (36) in London, England

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

1988 - Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 101

656 - Osman ibn Affan, 3rd kalief of Islam (644-56) murdered
676 - Adeodatus/Deusdedit II, Italian Pope (672-76), dies
855 - Leo IV, Italian Pope (847-55), dies
1091 - Dirk V, count of Holland (1061-91), dies
1119 - Boudouin VII with the Axe, earl of Flanders (1111-19), dies
1463 - Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (b. 1436)
1501 - Jan I Olbracht, King of Poland, dies
1565 - Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)
1672 - Orazio Benevoli, Italian composer, dies at 67
1678 - Giacomo Torelli, Italian stage designer, engineer and architect dies at 69
1694 - Philip Cardinal Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
1696 - John III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96), dies at 66
1719 - Joseph Addison, English poet/writer/secretary of state, dies at 47
1734 - Duke of Berwick, French general strategist, dies in battle
1734 - Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France (b. 1653)
1740 - Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
1762 - Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (b. 1674)
1775 - Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)
1797 - Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed
1813 - Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician (b. 1726)
1815 - Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle
1821 - Martín Miguel de Güemes Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
1858 - Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi in North India, one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 (b. 1828)
1862 - Charles J Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, dies at 49
1863 - Isham W Garrott, US attorney/Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
1876 - Harriet Scott, American ex-slave, who with husband Dred Scott unsuccessfully sued for their freedom
1885 - Gen Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, mayor (Elzas-Lothar'n), dies
1898 - Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
1906 - Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player, dies
1906 - William Dale, international legal consultant, dies
1910 - Lady Mosley, biographer, dies
1918 - Derek Barber, CEO (Countryside Commission), dies
1928 - Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer/diplomat (Virulo, mocedades), dies
1936 - Kenneth Loach, TV director (Singing the Blues in Red), dies
1938 - H V "Ranji" Hordern, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia 1910-12, dies
1938 - Peter Michael, CEO (Cray Electronics), dies
1939 - Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
1939 - Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
1941 - Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78
1942 - Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician (b. 1853)
1950 - Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
1951 - Carl Vogler, composer, dies at 77
1952 - Alberto Williams, Argentine composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
1952 - Jack Parsons, American rocket-fuel pioneer and renegade occultist (b. 1914)
1953 - Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76
1956 - Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
1956 - Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
1957 - D Richardson, writer, dies at 84
1959 - Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
1960 - Pierre Reverdy, French author/poet (North-South), dies at 70
1961 - Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], actor (Away all boats), dies at 40
1963 - Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
1963 - John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Devils), dies
1965 - Arnold Meijer, leader (Fascist Nationally Front), dies
1968 - José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
1970 - Matthew Henderson, cricketer (one Test for NZ 1930), dies
1971 - C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Phila), dies
1973 - Luis Van Rooten, actor (One Man's Family), dies at 66
1974 - Pamela Britton, actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
1974 - Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies
1978 - Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
1979 - Lou Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
1981 - Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
1981 - Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
1981 - Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
1983 - Eelco N van Kleffens, Dutch min of Foreign affairs 1939-46, dies at 88
1983 - Peter Mennin(i), US composer (Moby Dick), dies at 60
1984 - Chet Allen, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter), dies at 51
1984 - Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
1985 - Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
1986 - Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
1986 - Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
1987 - Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
1989 - John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
1989 - Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies plane crash at 59
1990 - Dick Elffers, graphic artist, dies
1990 - Palmira Henry, fashion designer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 44
1992 - Dewey Balfa, bayou fiddler, dies at 65
1992 - Frederick Exley, novelist (Fan's Note), dies at 63
1993 - Angus Suttie, English potter, dies of AIDS at 46
1993 - French of Nouhuys, civil servant in Indonesia, dies at 88
1994 - Joeri Nagibin, Russian screenwriter (Babje Karstvo), dies at 74
1995 - Claire Sterling, journalist, dies at 75
1996 - Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
2000 - Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)
2001 - Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
2002 - Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
2002 - Fritz Walter, German footballer (b. 1920)
2004 - Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
2005 - Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
2005 - Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum) (b. 1962)
2006 - Cláudio Besserman Vianna, aka "Bussunda", Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
2006 - Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)
2007 - Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
2007 - Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
2008 - Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
2008 - Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
2009 - Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
2009 - Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
2010 - K. S. Rajah, Singaporean jurist (b. 1930)

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