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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 168 of the year folks, there are 197 days left of the year.

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

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 facts about June 17th in history!

What Happened On June 17 In History?

1994

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

OTD in 1994: O.J. Simpson captured by police for murder charges after a 90 minute police chase.
The police hunt was captured and broadcast on live TV as it happened.
1985

The Discovery Channel started broadcasting.

1971

US President Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs.

In his press conference, he stated that the abuse of narcotics was public enemy #1.
1970

Rock band Led Zeppelin started their last tour of Europe.

1967

China performed its first thermonuclear test.

Source CTBTO
1963

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.
1928

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

1894

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

Source Sutori
1885

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City.

The statue was a gift given from France as a sign of friendship.
Source Politico
1631

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.

Did you know that on this day, June 17th 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City?