Friday, June 16, 2017

June 17

  • June 17, 362
    Roman emperor Julian decrees religious toleration in the empire and attempts to reestablish paganism
  • June 17, 1397
    The Union of Kalmar, which grows out of the dynastic ties of the Scandinavian countries, unites Denmark, Sweden and Norway under one monarch
  • June 17, 1579
    Sir Francis Drake sails into San Francisco Bay and proclaims English sovereignty over New Albion in modern-day California
  • June 17, 1696
    John III Sobieski, King of Lithuania and Poland, dies
  • June 17, 1767
    English navigator Samuel Wallis becomes the first European to visit Tahiti in existing records
  • June 17, 1789
    The Third Estate of the Estates-General in France declare itself a national assembly, and undertake to frame a constitution
  • June 17, 1797
    Mohammad Khan Qajar, cruel ruler of Persia, is killed, and his nephew Fath Ali Shah succeeded him
  • June 17, 1848
    Austrian General Alfred Windisch-Gr├Ątz crushes a Czech uprising in Prague against Habsburg control
  • June 17, 1930
    United States President Herbert Hoover signs the Hawley-Smoot Tariff bill, which increases some 900 American import duties, so contributing to the depth of the Depression
  • June 17, 1942
    First World War II American expeditionary force lands in Africa
  • June 17, 1944
    Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland
  • June 17, 1950
    Julius Rosenberg is arrested in the US on suspicion of espionage, accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union
  • June 17, 1967
    China becomes world's fourth thermonuclear power
  • June 17, 1972
    Five men are arrested for breaking and entering into the DNC headquarters at the Watergate complex, beginning the Watergate scandal

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