17th June

The events happened on 17th June are :

1775 : Battle of Bunker Hill: In the Battle of Bunker Hill this day, American colonial revolutionaries clashed with British regulars during the Siege of Boston. Building a fortification atop Breed's Hill (now commonly called Bunker Hill), Colonel William Prescott and his colonial troops initially held but ultimately lost their position under a British attack ordered by General Thomas Gage and led by Major General William Howe. High casualties among the British prevented them from pursuing the Americans, which served to encourage the revolutionary cause.

1994 : Former American football star O.J. Simpson was arrested in connection with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman; after a sensational trial, he was acquitted of the charges the following year. (In a separate civil trial in 1997, he was found liable for the battery of Nicole and the death of Goldman, whose family was awarded $8.5 million.)

1972 : The Watergate, an office-apartment-hotel complex in Washington, D.C., and the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, was broken into by five men who were later arrested, prompting the Watergate Scandal that upended the administration of President Richard M. Nixon.

1944 : Gaining independence from Denmark, Iceland declared itself a republic.

1940 : The Soviet Red Army invaded Latvia, leading to the incorporation of the country into the U.S.S.R.

1930 : The United States imposed the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Tariff, raising the average tariff by some 20 percent and making worse an already beleaguered world economy.

1882 : Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was born near St. Petersburg.

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