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What Happened on June 17

June 17 - List of Other Events in the world
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1579 On this day, Sir Francis Drake claimed a land which he called Nova Albion for England. The land is today known as California.
1631 Wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, Mumtaz Mahal, died during childbirth.
1773 Juana Rangel de Cuéllar discovered Cúcuta, Colombia.
1789 The Third Estate declared itself the National Assembly in France.
1885 On this day, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.
1929 At least 17 people were killed when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the town of Murchison, New Zealand.
1930 Smoot - Hawley Tariff Act was signed into law by US President Herbert Hoover.
1940 At least 3,000 people were killed when RMS Lancastria, a British Cunard liner, was attacked and sunk by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
1944 On this day, Iceland declares independence from Denmark. It became a republic.
1948 All 43 people on board the United Airlines Flight 624 were killed when it crashed near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania.
1967 On this day, the People's Republic of China announced a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon.
1987 The dusky seaside sparrow became extinct on this day.
1992 US President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a "joint understanding" agreement on arms reduction. It would be later codified in START II.
1994 O. J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
2015 Nine people were shot and killed inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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