17th June

Born on this Day 17th June
1239 King Edward I
1881 Tommy Burns
1920 Beryl Reid
1930 Brian Statham
1936 Kenneth Loach
1945 Ken Livingstone
1946 Barry Manilow
1958 Nicky Clarke
1978 James Corden
1980 Venus Williams
1983 Lee Ryan

Died on this Day
1961 Jeff Chandler


1965 Elvis Presley’s ‘Crying In The Chapel’ reached No. 1 in the UK.

1992 It was reported that Bruce Springsteen’s Wembley arena dates had sold out in just 4 hours.


1984 John McEnroe won the Stella Artois Tournament at the Queen’s Club in London after beating Leif Shiras, but during the final McEnroe called the umpire a moron and swore at Shiras.

1990 Over 20,000 fans took the streets in Swindon to demonstrate in support of their football club’s bid to remain in the first division. The club faced demotion to the 3rd division after revelations of illicit dealings.

People & Showbiz

1974 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were divorced , for the first of 2 times, after 10 years of marriage.

1990 The Battle of Waterloo was re-enacted by 2,300 enthusiasts in Belgium and watched by over 100,000 spectators.

General Events

2 BC The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter took place. Many astronomers beleive this may have been the ‘Star of Bethlehem’.

1462 Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia. This just sounded so cool I had to add it!

1579 Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.

1855 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from France aboard the ‘Isere’.

1860 The Great Eastern set out on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

1867 At the Glasgow Infirmary, Joseph Lister performed the first operation under antiseptic conditions, on his sister Isabella.

1950 The first kidney transplant was carried out on a woman in Chicago by surgeon Mr. R.H. Lawler.

1972 5 men were caught breaking into the offices of the Watergate complex in Washington DC, trying to bug the Democratic National Committee offices, beginning one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

1994 The world watched with bemused interest as OJ Simpson, having been charged with the recent murder of his wife and her friend, led a slow motion police chase over 60 miles of California before eventually being caught. One American comedian commented that it was the longest ever free advertisement for a Ford Bronco.

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