17 JUNE
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Edward I, 1239
  • Charles XII Sweden, 1682
  • John Wesley, 1703
  • Charles Gounod, 1818
  • Martin Bormann, 1900
  • Sammy Fain, 1902
  • Ralph Bellamy, 1904
  • John Hersey, 1914
  • Dean Martin, 1917
  • Kingman Brewster, 1919
  • Beryl Reid, 1920
  • Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, 1923
  • Tigran Petrosian, 1929
  • Ken Loach, 1936
  • Newt Gingrich, 1943
  • Ken Livingstone, 1945
  • Barry Manilow, 1946
  • Joe Piscopo, 1951
  • Mark Linn-Baker, 1953
  • Greg Kinnear, 1963
  • Venus Williams, 1980

Died On This Day:

  • John III Poland, 1696
  • Joseph Addison, 1719
  • Jeff Chandler, 1961
  • John Boulting, 1985
  • Kate Smith, 1986
  • Cyd Charisse, 2008
  • Gloria Vanderbilt, 2019

Today's Events:

  • 1579 - Sir Francis Drake in The Golden Hind anchors north of San Francisco Bay; claims land for England.
  • 1700 - Massachusetts passes law giving Roman Catholic priests three months to leave the State.
  • 1775 - Battle of Bunker Hill-British lose half their troops-1,054 men- but are still victorious.
  • 1843 - Maori revolts against British in New Zealand.
  • 1856 - First national convention of Republican party in Philadelphia.
  • 1863 - Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford, CT chartered, becoming first accident insurance co.
  • 1914 - First transcontinental telephone line; U.S. telephone system wired from coast to coast.
  • 1938 - America's first ski lift opens-Cannon Mountain Tramway at Franconia, N.H.
  • 1939 - Last public guillotining in France; Eugene Weidmann dies for murder of American female dancer.
  • 1940 - Russians occupy Latvia.
  • 1940 - German planes sink Cunard liner The Lancastria; 3,000-5,000 British troops and refugees killed.
  • 1944 - British cities bombed for first time by jets with no pilots. WWII
  • 1944 - Iceland free of Denmark-proclaimed independent republic.
  • 1950 - Dr. Richard Harold Lawler performs first kidney transplant in Chicago.
  • 1961 - Rudolph Nureyev becomes first Russian ballet star to defect to West at Paris' Le Bourget airport.
  • 1967 - China announced successful hydrogen bomb test.
  • 1970 - Polaroid camera patented by Edwin Land.
  • 1971 - President Richard Nixon declares war on drugs.
  • 1972 - 5 intruders caught burgling Democratic National Committee HQ at Watergate apartments at 2:00 a.m.
  • 1991 - South Africa finally repeals Population Registration Act, legal basis of apartheid, after 40 years.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Botolph (or Botulf)
  • Harvey
  • Alban

Holiday:

  • Day of Orpheus and King Solomon
  • Republic Day in Ireland (1944)
  • Independence Day in Iceland
  • Bunker Hill Day celebrated in Boston and Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SAVITRI-VRATA, Hindu Festival for women
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks (Jewish), on 6th or 7th of lunar month Sivan.
  • ASCENSION (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTECOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • FATHER'S DAY (U.S.) Third Sunday in June.
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE DAY - Last Sunday in June
  • CHAGU-CHAGU UMAKKO or horse Festival in Morioka celebrated second Saturday in June
  • HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA CHARIOT CARNIVAL celebrated 3rd week in June.
  • AMBUBACHI MELA Festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India celebrated third week in June for 5 days

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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