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June 17 Birthdays

John Wesley
1703–91, English evangelical preacher, founder of Methodism, born in Epworth, Lincolnshire.

James Weldon Johnson
author, educator (1871)

Igor Stravinsky
composer (1882)

M. C. Escher
artist (1898)

Dan Jansen
skater (1965)

Venus Williams
tennis player (1980)

June 17 in History


The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution.


The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.


Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.


The Republic of Iceland was established.


U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no locality may require recitation of Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.


Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, DC, started the Watergate political scandal.


O. J. Simpson's slow-speed chase by the police, watched by millions on TV, ended in his arrest.


Australian scientists announced that they had "teleported" a laser beam—breaking it up and reconstructing it in another location.

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