Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Today is the 168th day of 2021. There are 197 days left in this year.
The Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston.
The Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly, and undertook to frame a constitution.
The Republican Party opened its first convention, in Philadelphia.
The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. She flew from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.
The republic of Iceland was established.
The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
President Nixon's eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex.
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
Singer Kate Smith died in Raleigh, N.C., at age 79.
Baseball manager Dick Howser died at age 51 after a struggle against brain cancer.