Today in History - Famous Events


🏰 On this day in History - June 17, 2021

1930 Bradman scores 131 in the 1st Test cricket at Trent Bridge

1967 1st Chinese hydrogen bomb explodes

1091 Floris II de Vette becomes earl of Holland

1972 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate

1944 Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland

1895 US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan

1958 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy

1954 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1815 Stephen Decatur conquerors Algerian frigate Mashouda

1963 Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools

1579 Anti-English uprising in Ireland

1950 Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & Syria sign security pact

1946 SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis

1942 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)

1947 Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin

1863 Battle at Middleburg Virginia

1864 General John B Hood replaces General Johnston

1988 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens

1863 Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)

1956 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister

1855 Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, 2000+ killed

1978 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32

1916 US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico

1968 KQEC TV channel 32 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1966 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers

1291 Akko reconquered after 200 years by French crusaders, & destroyed

1775 Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)

1967 Longest doubleheader 9:15 (Tigers & Athletics)

1972 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"

1876 Battle of Rosebud/Battle Where Girl Saved Her Brother

1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in NY

1979 79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo

1580 Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels

1880 John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo

1967 "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5

1976 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor

1919 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres

1995 "Who's Tommy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 899 performances

1978 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs

1982 Pres Reagan 1st UN Gen Assembly address ("evil empire" speech)

1947 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC

1898 US Senate agrees to annex Hawaii

1954 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala (JF Dulles & United Fruit Co)

1609 Netherlands, England & France sign 12 year Covenant

1963 British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair

1961 Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt

1864 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished

1975 Voters in Northern Mariana Is approve commonwealth status with US

0676 Deusdedit III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1940 USSR occupies Estonia

1992 Slaughtering by Inkhata-followers at Boipatong, S Africa, kills 42

1911 Belgium govt of De Broqueville forms

1119 Charles the Good becomes earl of Flanders

1992 Phila 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns

1994 OJ Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1« hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)

0656 Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam

1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament

1992 Conn Gov Lowell Weicker & WFAN DJ Don Imus change places for 1 day

1397 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway

1989 US beats Guatemala 2-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

1970 Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera

1957 Tuskegee boycott begins (Blacks boycotted city stores)

1965 1st bombing by B-52 (50 km north of Saigon)

1876 1st to hit 2 HRs; & score 5 runs in 9 inn NL game (George Hall, A's)

1882 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa

1665 Battle at Viciosa: English & Portuguese army beat Spain

1734 French troops occupy Philipsburg at Rhine

1897 William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti

1991 South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws

1962 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open

1850 Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)

1988 Soyuz TM-5 launches

1961 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

1952 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium

1979 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances

1981 Battle between Moslems & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed

1993 Indians' Carlos Baerga hits 3 home runs against Detroit

1928 Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

1933 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob

1535 English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights

1957 "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orch peaks at #2

1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse NY on WAQX 95.7 FM

1885 Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere'

1915 League to Enforce Peace forms in Philadelphia

1976 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA

1944 Hitler secretly meets with von Rundstedt in Marjival Soissons

1968 Belgium govt of Eyskens-Merlot forms

1953 Riots in East Germany for reunification

1997 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000

1943 Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs

1579 Francis Drake entered SF Bay

1863 Naval Engagement at Warsaw Sound GA-USS Weehawken vs CSS Atlanta

1789 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly

1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends

1990 Chris Johnson wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic

1917 British king George V takes the name Windsor

1991 Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78

1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent

1961 "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 perfs

1916 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java

1973 1st du Maurier Golf Classic (La Canadienne): Jocelyne Bourassa

1969 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)

1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of Calif

1986 Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated

1967 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed

1980 Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour

1988 Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0

1982 President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat

1938 Japan declares war on China

1940 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland

1861 Battle of Boonville, MI-Brig General Lyon defeats Confederate forces

1973 Russian party leader Brezhnev visits US

1864 -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia

1944 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London

1920 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept Anti-revolution law

1940 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London

1984 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

1990 "Zoya's Apartment" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 45 perfs

1991 Pres Zachary Taylors body is exhumed to test how he died

1950 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)

1948 Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader

1990 "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 62 perfs

1863 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia

1944 Iceland declares independence from Denmark

1984 John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as premier of Canada

1700 Mass orders priest to leave the colony

1930 Chuck Klein sets Phillies hitting streak at 26 straight games

1990 90th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 280 at Medinah CC in Medinah Il

1864 Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia

1965 Kinks arrive in NYC beginning their 1st US tour

1947 Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline

1962 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC PA

1959 Eamon de Valera elected pres of Ireland

1962 Lou Brock is 2nd to HR into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers

1965 11.08" (28.14 cm) of rainfall, Holly, Colorado (state 24-hour record)

1962 Brazil Beats Czechoslovakia in soccer's 7th World Cup at Santiago

1894 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont

1972 Chile president Allende forms new government

1856 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia

1967 China becomes world's 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power

1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II

1994 1994 World Cup soccer match begin, Germany vs Bolivia in Chicago

1968 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" goes gold

1988 Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case

1988 Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips

1951 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances

1932 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada

1960 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR

1945 Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)

1824 Bureau of Indian Affairs established

1972 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38

0653 St Martin I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1973 73rd US Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Oakmont CC PA

1745 American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton I from French

1985 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched

1953 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)

1953 Sup Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

1583 Brabant: duke of Parma beats French mercenaries

1944 -19] French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba

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