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This Day In History: June 17

This Day in History

1673: French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet become the first Europeans to travel on the Mississippi.
1775: Colonial troops withdraw from Breed's Hill in Charlestown, MA, after inflicting heavy losses on the British in what becomes known as the Battle of Bunker Hill.
1876: At the Battle of Rosebud Creek in Montana , American Indian chief Crazy Horse repels a detachment of U.S. troops under Gen. George Crook.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York harbor.
1928: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly the Atlantic.
1954: Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R, WI) ends televised hearings into alleged Communist influence in the Army.
1963: The Supreme Court rules, 8-1, that laws requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools are unconstitutional.
1972: Five men are arrested for breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office complex in Washington, DC.
2004: U.S. Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld admits leaving an Iraqi detainee's name off a list of those held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Today's Birthdays

1239: Edward I, king of England (Westminster, England; died 1307)
1682: Charles XII, king of Sweden and military hero (Stockholm, Sweden; died 1718)
1703: John Wesley, theologian/evangelist and founder of Methodism (Epworth, England; died 1791)
1882: Igor Stravinsky, composer (Oranienbaum, Russia; died 1971)
1902: Sammy Fain, songwriter (New York, NY; died 1989)
1904: Ralph Bellamy, actor (Chicago, IL; died 1991)
1914: John Hersey, novelist/journalist (Tientsin, China; died 1993)
1917: Dean Martin, actor/singer (Steubenville, OH; died 1995)
1923: Elroy ""Crazylegs"" Hirsch, football player (Wausau, WI; died 2004)
1933: Roderick Paige, education sec. (Monticello, MS)
1940: George A. Akerlof, economist and Nobel laureate (New Haven, CT)
1943: Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House (Harrisburg, PA)
1945: Art Bell, radio host (Camp Lejeune, NC)
1945: Tommy Franks, US Army general (Wynnewood, OK)
1946: Barry Manilow, singer/songwriter (New York, NY)
1951: Joe Piscopo, comedian (Passaic, NJ)
1954: Mark Linn-Baker, actor (St Louis, MO)
1958: Bob Farrelly, director (Cumberland, RI)
1958: Jello Biafra, musician (Boulder, CO)
1961: Thomas Haden Church, actor (El Paso, TX)
1963: Greg Kinnear, actor/TV personality (Logansport, IN)
1965: Dan Jansen, Olympic champion speed skater (West Allis, WI)
1966: Jason Patric, actor (Queens, NY)
1980: Venus Williams, tennis player (Lynwood, CA)

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