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On June 17, 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. She flew from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.

On June 17, 1882, Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, was born. Following his death on April 6, 1971, his obituary appeared in The Times.

On June 17, 1871, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Tweed Ring and the presidential election of 1872.

1775 The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.

1789 The Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly and undertook to frame a constitution.

1856 The Republican Party opened its first convention, in Philadelphia.

1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

1940 France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.

1944 The republic of Iceland was established.

1961 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris.

1963 The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or the reading of Biblical verses in public schools.

1972 President Richard Nixon's downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex.

1994 After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.

2005 Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski and a second executive, Mark H. Swartz, were convicted of looting their company of more than $600 million. (Each was later sentenced to 8-1/3 to 25 years in prison.)

2008 Hundreds of same-sex couples got married across California on the first full day that gay marriage became legal by order of the state's highest court. (However, California voters passed Proposition 8 in November, once again banning gay marriage.)

Birthdays

80 Bud Collins
Tennis journalist

77 Peter Lupus
Actor

77 John Murtha
U.S. representative, D-Pa.

76 Rod Paige
Former secretary of education

63 Barry Manilow
Singer

58 Joe Piscopo
Comedian ("Saturday Night Live")

55 Mark Linn-Baker
Actor

52 Philip Chevron
Rock musician (The Pogues)

52 Jon Gries
Actor

51 Bobby Farrelly
Writer, director

48 Thomas Haden Church
Actor

46 Greg Kinnear
Actor

44 Dan Jansen
Olympic gold-medal speed skater

44 Kami Cotler
Actress ("The Waltons")

43 Jason Patric
Actor

40 Kevin Thornton
R&B singer

39 Will Forte
Actor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")

38 Paulina Rubio
Singer

29 Venus Williams
Tennis player

26 Herculeez
Rapper
 

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June 17 is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of the year.

1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

Holidays and observances
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
El Salvador, Guatemala: Father's Day
Iceland: National Day, celebrating independence from Denmark in 1944
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic: Zemla Intifada Day
Suffolk County, Massachusetts: Bunker Hill Day
National holiday of West Germany until 1990, see Workers' Uprising of 1953 in East Germany.
Saint Albert Chmielowski
Saint Gondulf
Saint Hervé patron of the blind
Saint Hypatius of Bithynia
Saint Rainier
 

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geoffthomas said:
1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
I nominate as book of the day.
 

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LOL
 

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geoffthomas said:
1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
Definitely the most colorful of today's bunch. :D
 

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cheerio said:
1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
OH, I knew it was old, but not that old.
 
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