This Day in History - June 17

June 17

362 – Emperor Julian issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria

1239 – Edward I, King of England, is born

1579 – Sir Francis Drake claims San Francisco Bay for England

1703 – English evangelist and theologian and founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, is born

1742 – Signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Hooper, is born

1775 – The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte incorporates Italy into his empire

1837 – Battle of Gettysburg hero, Union Colonel Strong Vincent is born

1848 – Austrian General Alfred Windisch-Gratz crushes a Czech uprising in Prague

1854 – The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China

1856 – The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia

1861 – President Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon

1863 – On the way to Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Point of Rocks, Maryland

1871 – Poet and novelist James Weldon Johnson is born

1872 – George M. Hoover begins selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas-a town which had previously been dry

1876 – General George Crook’s command is attacked and bested on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse

1880 – Writer Carl Van Vechten is born

1882 – Russian-born US composer Igor Stravinsky is born

1885 – The dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France, arrives in New York Harbor

1912 – The German Zeppelin SZ 111 burns in its hangar in Friedrichshafen

1913 – US Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico

1914 – Novelist and journalist John Hersey is born

1917 – The Russian Duma meets in secret session in Petrograd and votes for an immediate Russian offensive against the German Army

1917 – The Corpo Expedicionario Portugues, or Portuguese Expeditionary Corps, goes into action for the first time in WWI on the battlefields of Flanders on the Western Front

1924 – The Fascist militia marches into Rome

1926 – Spain threatens to quit the League of Nations if Germany is allowed to join

1930 – The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill becomes law, placing the highest tariff on imports to the US

1931 – British authorities in China arrest Indochinese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh

1932 – The US Senate defeats the Bonus Bill as 10,000 veterans mass around the Capitol

1940 – The Soviet Union occupies Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

1942 – Yank, a weekly magazine for the US armed services, begins publication

1942 – Poet Rod Padgett is born

1944 – French troops land on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean

1950 – Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago

1953 – Soviet tanks fight thousands of Berlin workers rioting against the East German government

1954 – Rocky Marciano successfully defends his heavyweight title against Ezzard Charles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

1958 – A bridge being built to connect eastern and northern Vancouver in western Canada collapses, killing 59

1963 – The US Supreme Court bans the required reading of the Lord’s Prayer and Bible in public schools

1965 – 27 B-52s hit Viet Cong outposts, but lose two planes in South Vietnam

1969 – North Vietnamese reoccupy Apa Bia Mountain

1970 – North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia

1972 – Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, DC

1994 – Millions of Americans watch former football player OJ Simpson-facing murder charges-drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police

2008 – Dancer Cyd Charisse dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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