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1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, in Romania.

1631 - Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

June 17, 1703 (fiction) Lumuel Gulliver was trapped in Brobdingnag, Gulliver's Travels, Book

1837 - Charles Goodyear obtained his first rubber-processing patent (#240). The success of his company came after he died in 1860.

1852 - W.H. Fancher and C.M. French of Waterloo, N.Y. received a patent (#35,600) for a combined plow and gun. Yes, you rwad that correctly.

1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.

1944 - Iceland declared independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.

1963 - The US Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp, against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.

1969 - Broadway Show - Oh! Calcutta! (Review) June 17, 1969

1971 - President Richard Nixon declared the US War on Drugs.

1987 - Florida's Dusky Seaside Sparrow became extinct when 'Orange band', the last known of the species, died.

1989 #1 Hit June 17, 1989 - June 23, 1989: New Kids on the Block - I'll Be Loving You (Forever)

1994 - All major networks provided live coverage of the O.J. Simpson low-speed car chase in the White Bronco. The chase concluded with Simpson's surrender to authorities in front of his mansion in Brentwood, CA.

2006 #1 Hit June 17, 2006 - June 30, 2006: Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie

June 17th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Barry Manilow (1943)
Venus Wiliams (1980)
David Michael Navarro (1967)
Joe Piscopo (1951)
Jason Patric (1966)
Jello Biafra (1958)
Ralph Bellamy (1904)
Setsuko Hara (1920)
Bif Naked (1971)
Greg Kinnear (1963)
Jon Gries (1957)
A snail can sleep for up to three years.

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