Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date

Monday, June 17, 2024

Today is the 169th day of 2024.  There are 196 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1775
The Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston.
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, a gift from France arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
1928
Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. She flew from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
1932
the "Bonus Army," a group made up of World War 1 veterans and their families, began marching in Washington D.C. to demand early payments of war bonuses in the midst of the Great Depression.
1940
France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.
1944
The republic of Iceland was established.
1963
The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
1972
Five burglars were arrested for trying to break into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate complex. They were later found to be connected to President Richard Nixon and he would be forced to resign.
1994
After leading police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later acquitted in a criminal trial, but held
2015
A white supremacist shot 9 people to death in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Notable Deaths

1986
Singer Kate Smith died in Raleigh, N.C., at age 79.
1987
Baseball manager Dick Howser died at age 51 after a struggle against brain cancer.