Today in History

    What happened on the 17th of June in history?

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    • 1775
      Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)
    • 1789
      3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
    • 1856
      Republican Party opened its 1st convention in Phila
    • 1880
      John Ward - Providence - pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
    • 1885
      Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere'
    • 1937
      Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in NY
    • 1940
      France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
    • 1942
      1st American expeditionary force to land in Africa (WW2)
    • 1944
      Rep of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir
    • 1945
      German Fed Rep National Day
    • 1947
      1st round-the-world civil air service left NYC
    • 1953
      Sup Court Justice Wm O Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for the next day their 14th anniversary
    • 1954
      Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ended
    • 1963
      Supreme Court strikes down Lord's Prayer recitation
    • 1971
      US returns control of Okinawa to Japanese
    • 1972
      Democratic HQs at Watergate burglarized - wire-tapped
    • 1978
      Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike outs
    • 1982
      President Galtieri resigns in Argentina. Also Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" speech
    • 1985
      18th Space Shuttle Mission - Discovery 5 is launched
    • 1986
      Singer Kate Smith dies in Raleigh NC at 79
    • 1986
      Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns Antonin Scalia nominated
    • 1987
      NY Yankee & KC Royal Mgr Dick Howser dies at 51 of brain cancer