June 17 Events in History - June 17 Birthdays - June 17 Deaths
2015 The Japanese parliament votes to lower the nation's voting age to 18 from 20; the change will make about 2.4 million people eligible to vote
2014 U.S. President Barack Obama proposes vast expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine Reserve, increasing the protected ocean area to over 780,000 square miles within nautical boundaries of U.S. Pacific territories
2014 Mexico matches Brazil in today's World Cup game, resulting in a 0 - 0 score
2013 The Syrian civil war is a high-priority topic at the39th annual G8 Summit begins in Northern Ireland
2013 Following a corruption scandal, the Petr Necas, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, resigns
2012 In France, voters participate in a legislative election, with the Socialist Party winning a majority
2012 U.S. golfer Webb Simpson wins the U.S. Open
2011 In efforts to fund rising social security costs, the Government of Japan plans to double its sales tax over four years
2011 The first condemnation of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people is issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council
2010 BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies before the U.S. about the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster at the Deepwater Horizon rig that has caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history
1997 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 and Minneapolis-St. Paul and Columbus, Ohio in 2000
1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Syracuse New York on WAQX 95.7 FM
1995 "Who's Tommy" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 899 performances
1994 1994 World Cup soccer match begin, Germany vs Bolivia in Chicago
1994 O.J. Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, Los Angeles police chase his Ford Bronco for 1 hours, eventually gives up
1993 Indians' Carlos Baerga hits 3 home runs against Detroit
1992 Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker and WFAN DJ Don Imus change places for 1 day
1992 Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns
1992 Slaughtering by Inkhata-followers at Boipatong, South Africa, kills 42
1991 President Zachary Taylors body is exhumed to test how he died
1991 South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
1990 "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont New York City after 62 performances
1990 "Zoya's Apartment" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 45 performances
1990 90th U.S. Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 280 at Medinah CC in Medinah Il
1990 Chris Johnson wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic
1989 U.S. beats Guatemala 2-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1988 Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips
1988 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
1988 Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0
1988 Soyuz TM-5 launches
1988 Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
1986 Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated
1985 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched
1984 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
1984 John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as premier of Canada
1982 President Reagan 1st United Nations General Assembly address, "evil empire" speech
1982 President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat
1981 Battle between Moslems and Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
1980 Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour
1979 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 140 performances
1979 79th U.S. Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo
1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
1978 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
1978 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs
1976 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets and Spurs) merges into NBA
1976 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
1975 Voters in Northern Mariana Is approve commonwealth status with U.S.
1973 1st du Maurier Golf Classic (La Canadienne): Jocelyne Bourassa
1973 73rd U.S. Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Oakmont CC PA
1973 Russian party leader Brezhnev visits U.S.
1972 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
1972 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate
1972 Chile president Allende forms new government
1972 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
1972 White House "plumbers" break into Democratic National headquarters at the Watergate Hotel
1970 Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera
1968 Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms
1968 KQEC TV channel 32 in SF, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" goes gold
1967 "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5
1967 1st Chinese hydrogen bomb explodes
1967 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed
1967 Longest doubleheader 9:15 (Tigers and Athletics)
1966 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers
1965 11.08" (28.14 cm) of rainfall, Holly, Colorado (state 24-hour record)
1965 1st bombing by B-52 (50 km north of Saigon)
1965 Kinks arrive in New York City beginning their 1st U.S. tour
1963 British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
1963 Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools
1962 62nd U.S. Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC PA
1962 Brazil Beats Czechoslovakia in soccer's 7th World Cup at Santiago
1962 Lou Brock is 2nd to home run into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers
1962 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
1961 "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 8 performances
1961 61st U.S. Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Michigan
1961 Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt
1960 Ted Williams hit his 500th home runs
1959 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland
1958 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
1957 "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra peaks at #2
1957 Tuskegee boycott begins, Blacks boycotted city stores
1956 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister
1954 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala, JF Dulles and United Fruit Co
1954 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
1953 Riots in East Germany for reunification
1953 Supreme Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary
1952 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
1951 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 40 performances
1950 1st kidney transplant, Chicago
1950 Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria sign security pact
1948 Joe Cronin pinch hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader
1947 1st round-the-world civil air service leaves New York City
1947 Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin
1947 Pan Am Airways chartered as 1st worldwide passenger airline
1946 SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St. Louis
1945 Day of Unity in West Germany, National Day
1944 French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba
1944 Hitler secretly meets with von Rundstedt in Marjival Soissons
1944 Iceland declares independence from Denmark at Thingvallir, Iceland
1944 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London
1943 Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs
1942 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)
1940 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
1940 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
1940 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
1940 U.S.S.R. occupies Estonia
1938 Japan declares war on China
1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in New York
1933 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops and 1 gangster killed by mob
1932 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
1930 Bradman scores 131 in the 1st Test cricket at Trent Bridge
1930 Chuck Klein sets Phillies hitting streak at 26 straight games
1928 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
1920 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept Anti-revolution law
1919 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres
1917 British king George V takes the name Windsor
1916 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
1916 U.S. troops under General Pershing march into Mexico
1915 League to Enforce Peace forms in Philadelphia
1915 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st and winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
1911 Belgium government of De Broqueville forms
1898 U.S. Senate agrees to annex Hawaii
1897 William Frank Powell, New Jersey educator, named minister to Haiti
1895 U.S. Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan
1894 1st U.S. poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont
1885 Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City
1882 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
1880 John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
1876 1st to hit 2 home runs; and score 5 runs in 9 inn NL game (George Hall, A's)
1876 Battle of Rosebud/Battle Where Girl Saved Her Brother
1864 Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia
1864 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished
1864 General John B Hood replaces General Johnston
1864 Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia
1863 Battle at Middleburg, Virginia
1863 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia
1863 Naval Engagement at Warsaw Sound GA-USS Weehawken vs CSS Atlanta
1863 Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered, 1st accident insurer
1861 Battle of Boonville, MI-Brigadier General Lyon defeats Confederate forces
1856 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
1855 Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, 2000+ killed
1850 Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio, 206 die
1837 Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
1824 Bureau of Indian Affairs established
1815 Stephen Decatur conquerors Algerian frigate Mashouda
1789 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, actually it was Breed's Hill
1745 American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton I from French
1734 French troops occupy Philipsburg at Rhine
1700 Mass orders priest to leave the colony
1665 Battle at Viciosa: English and Portuguese army beat Spain
1609 Netherlands, England and France sign 12 year Covenant
1583 Brabant: duke of Parma beats French mercenaries
1580 Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels
1579 Anti-English uprising in Ireland
1579 Francis Drake entered San Francisco Bay
1579 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California
1535 English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights
1397 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden and Norway
1291 Akko reconquered after 200 years by French crusaders, and destroyed
1119 Charles the Good becomes earl of Flanders
1091 Floris II de Vette becomes earl of Holland
676 Deusdedit III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
656 Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
653 St. Martin I ends his reign as Catholic Pope