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.

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

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.