JUNE 17 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1596 – The Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovered the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen on the 17th June 1596.

1631 – Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth on the 17th June 1631. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

1867 – John Robert Gregg the American inventor was born on the 17th day of June in 1867 (d. 1948).

1867 – Henry Lawson the Australian poet was born on the 17th day of June in 1867 (d. 1922).

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on the 17th June 1885.

1898 ~ M. C. Escher the Dutch artist was born Maurits Cornelis Escher in  LeeuwardenFriesland, Netherlands on the 17th June in 1898 (died 27th March 1972 aged 73).

1907 ~ Charles Eames, Jr  the American designer who made major contributions to modern architecture and modern furniture was born in St. Louis, Missouri on the 17th June 1907 (died 21st August 1978 aged 71).  Charles Eames and his wife Ray-Bernice Eames (1912~1988) also worked together in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. www.EamesDesigns.com | www.EamesFoundation.org

1943 – Barry Manilow the American singer was born on the 17th day of June in 1943.

1944 – Iceland declared independence from Denmark and became a republic on the 17th June 1944.

1947 – Paul Young the English singer and percussionist from Mike + The Mechanics was born on the 17th day of June in 1947 (d. 2000).

1967 – Eric Stefani the original from No Doubt, and now cartoon animator was born on the 17th day of June in 1967.

1980 – Venus Williams the American tennis player was born on the 17th day of June in 1980.

1988 – Stephanie Rice the Australian swimmer was born on the 17th day of June in 1988.

1994 –  O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, after a televised highway chase on the 17th day of June in 1994.

2013 ~ HARRiSON CRAiG won The Voice in Australia on the 17th June 2013.

Today in History for June 17th ~ video presented by the Associated Press… 

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