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On This Day in History, June 17

What Happened On This Day – June 17

  • 1972 The arrest of five White House operatives sets off the Watergate scandal

    The men were caught attempting to wiretap the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex. The scandal ultimately led to U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation.

  • 1944 Iceland becomes a republic

    The Nordic island country had previously been included in the Norwegian and Danish monarchies. The republic's first President was Sveinn Björnsson.

  • 1940 The three Baltic states fall under Soviet occupation

    While the world's attention was focused on the recent German invasion of Paris, the Soviet Union annexed Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

  • 1928 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic

    Wilmer Stultz piloted the Fokker F.VII aircraft, Earhart kept the flight log. They arrived at Burry Port in Wales, the United Kingdom, 20 hours and 40 minutes later.

  • 1885 The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York

    Hundreds of thousands of spectators welcomed the emblematic statue, which was a gift to the United States from the people of France and has become one of the country's most recognized symbols.

Births On This Day – June 17

  • 1980 Venus Williams

    American tennis player

  • 1945 Ken Livingstone

    British politician

  • 1945 Eddy Merckx

    Belgian cyclist

  • 1898 M. C. Escher

    Dutch illustrator

  • 1882 Igor Stravinsky

    Russian composer

Deaths On This Day – June 17

  • 2012 Rodney King

    American victim of police brutality

  • 1996 Curt Swan

    American illustrator

  • 1981 Richard O'Connor

    British army general

  • 1898 Edward Burne-Jones

    British artist

  • 1025 Bolesław I Chrobry

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