On this History Day – June 17 – Almanac

Today is Thursday, June 17, the 168th day of 2021 with 197 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include British clergyman John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, in 1703; John Robert Gregg, inventor of the Gregg shorthand system, in 1867; the Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky in 1882; Dutch artist MC Escher in 1898; author John Hersey in 1914; director Ken Loach in 1936 (85); Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei in 1942 (79 years old); former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1943 (78); singer Barry Manilow in 1943 (78); musician / composer George S. Clinton in 1947 (74); the comedian Joe Piscopo in 1951 (70 years old); actor Mark Linn-Baker in 1954 (67); actor Thomas Haden Church in 1960 (61); actor Greg Kinnear in 1963 (58); Olympic gold medalist speed skater Dan Jansen in 1965 (56); actor Jason Patric in 1966 (55); fashion designer Tory Burch in 1966 (55); actor Will Forte in 1970 (51 years old); singer Paulina Rubio in 1971 (50 years old); tennis star Venus Williams in 1980 (41); actor Jodie Whittaker in 1982 (39); actor Arthur Darvill in 1982 (39); rapper Kendrick Lamar, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1987 (34); actor KJ Apa in 1997 (24).


At this date in history:

In 1885, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States, arrived in New York harbor.

In 1967, China announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

In 1972, the Watergate scandal began with the arrest of five burglars inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate compound in Washington.

In 1982 Argentine President Leopoldo Galtieri resigned in response to British victory in the Falkland Islands War.

In 1991, a Kentucky coroner exhumed the remains of the 12th US President, Zachary Taylor, to prove or disprove rumors that he was killed by arsenic poisoning. Tests have shown that he is not.

In 1994, former NFL player OJ Simpson led the California Highway Patrol in a low-speed chase in his white Bronco. The 90-minute televised chase took place shortly after he was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and his friend, Ronald Goldman.

In 2011, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian surgeon and co-founder of Al-Qaida, took charge of the terrorist network six weeks after US forces killed Osama bin Laden.

In 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in a mass shooting. He was sentenced to death in January 2017.

In 2017, the destroyer USS Fitzgerald Navy collided with a container ship in the Pacific off the coast of Japan, killing seven US sailors.

In 2019, Mohamed Morsi, who became the first democratically elected Egyptian president shortly after the Arab Spring to be impeached a year later, passed out and died during his espionage trial.

In 2020, former Atlanta cop Garrett Rolfe was charged with murder for the death of Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy’s restaurant.


A thought for the day: “To make peace, you have to be an uncompromising leader. To make peace, we must also embody compromise. – former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

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