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What Happened Today In History?

Steve
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What Happened Today In History?

June 17 is the 168 day of the year (169 in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of the year.
1565
    Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1579
    Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
1631
    Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1773
    Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
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SRD
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1775: British troops are victorious at Bunker Hill, the first major battle of the American War of Independence.
1940: More than 3,000 die as RMS 'Lancastria' is sunk by German bombers in Britain's worst maritime disaster.
1972: Burglars break into Democratic Party offices in Washington DC, sparking the 'Watergate scandal'.
(taken from the BBC website)
pierre_pierre
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Re: What Happened Today In History?

17 June
1823: Charles Macintosh patented the waterproof clothe used in making raincoats.
1970: Edwin Land patented his Polaroid camera.
1972: 5 men arrested at the Watergate complex attempting to bug Democratic Party officials.
1989: France celebrated the 100th birthday of the Eiffel Tower.
birthdays
1703: John Wesley, English evangelist who initiated the Methodist societies.
1882: Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer.
1928: James Brown, US singer known as the 'godfather of soul'.
1946: Barry Manilow, US singer who had a hit with the song 'Mandy' (1975).
VileReynard
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Re: What Happened Today In History?

Be careful!
Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar quite late.
Wednesday, 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday, 14 September 1752
so not much happened in early September 1752 Grin