June 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on June 17



June 17th is the day we officially celebrate Apple Strudel Day as well as Eat Your Veggies Day.

Welcome to day 169 of the year folks, there are 197 days remaining in 2024.

This day has been an important day in history for many different reasons. For June 17 we have gathered some of the most interesting historical events and facts that we could find.

Did you know that on this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City? The gift from France came disassembled in 214 crates on the French frigate Isère.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about June 17th in history!


What memorable events happened on June 17 in history? Keep reading to find out!


US President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday.


Police captured O.J. Simpson for murder charges after a 90-minute police chase.

OTD in 1994: Police captured O.J. Simpson for murder charges after a 90-minute police chase.

The police hunt was captured and broadcast on live TV as it happened.


The Discovery Channel started broadcasting.


Sultan bin Salman Al Saud became the first Arab and the first Muslim to fly into space.

The sultan flew aboard NASA’s Discovery Space Shuttle on mission STS-51-G as a payload specialist. He was also the first member of a royal family to fly into space. The shuttle took off from the Kennedy Space Center and landed seven days later at the Edwards Air Force Base in California.


US President Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs.

In his press conference, he stated that the abuse of narcotics was public enemy #1.


Rock band Led Zeppelin started their last tour of Europe.


China performed its first thermonuclear test.


The US Supreme Court decided that public schools aren’t allowed to study the bible or pray.

OTD in 1963: The US Supreme Court decided that public schools aren't allowed to study the bible or pray.


France carried out its last public execution.

German serial killer Eugen Weidman was executed by guillotine outside the Saint-Pierre prison in Versailles after being convicted of six murders. The display put on by the general public was so hysterical that the French President banned all further public executions.


Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.


The Polio epidemic took hold for the first time in the US at Rutland, Vermont.


The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City.

The statue was a gift given from France as a sign of friendship.


Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I decided to begin construction of the Taj Mahal.

It happened after his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died while giving birth. The emperor spent the next 20 years building the Taj Mahal as his wife’s tomb.


Sir Francis Drake discovered New Albion in California.

OTD in 1579: Sir Francis Drake discovered New Albion in California.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Kendrick Lamar was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.


KJ Apa

New Zealand


KJ Apa


27 years old

Born In:

Auckland, New Zealand


Kendrick Lamar



Kendrick Lamar


37 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Venus Williams


Tennis Player

Venus Williams


44 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Jodie Whittaker



Jodie Whittaker


42 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

June 17: National Eat Your Veggies Day
United States

National Eat Your Veggies Day

Many of us are guilty of eating fewer veggies than we really should, and hey, it can be pretty tricky! National Eat Your Veggies Day is the day you try to fit more vegetables into your diet. Your body will thank you later!

June 17: National Apple Strudel Day
United States

National Apple Strudel Day

It’s time to celebrate one of the best pastries ever invented – the apple strudel! You could always head on down to your local cafe and pick up a tasty strudel for yourself, but they’re so fun to make that we can’t help but recommend you try baking some to enjoy them hot out of the oven!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Daniel Radcliffe was allergic to his Harry Potter glasses. He had an allergy to nickel, and they were quickly replaced with hypoallergenic specs.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on June 17 shares the zodiac sign of Gemini.

Geminis, being represented by the twins, are very social and like to form connections through communication, debate, and questions. They often have different friend groups and enjoy bringing people together.

Anyone born in June has the Alexandrite birthstone. Wearing June’s birthstone in the daytime is believed to bring good luck and fortune. But wearing alexandrite at night is believed to enhance love and feelings of the heart.

People born on June 17 were likely conceived on or around September 24 in the previous year.

The due date for a baby conceived on this day is around March 10, 2025.

Fact Check

We have a thorough fact-checking process and a dedicated team verifying our content for accuracy. But occasionally, we may get things wrong, or information becomes outdated. If you believe something to be incorrect, please leave us a message below.

Leave a Comment