What happened on 17 June?

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 17 JUNE

2017 | A series of wildfires in central Portugal killed at least 64 people and injured 204 others.

2015 | Nine people died in a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

1994 | Following a televised low-speed highway search, O. J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

1992 | A “joint understanding” agreement on arms reduction was signed by US President George W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

1960 | The Nez Perce tribe was awarded $4 million for 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of land undervalued at four cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.

1944 | Iceland declared independence from Denmark and became a republic.

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BIRTHDAYS

1974 | Greek archer, Evangelia Psarra.

1919 | Scottish lieutenant and pilot, John Moffat, died in 2016.

1945 | English politician, first Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

1977 | American football player and sportscaster, Mark Tauscher.

1971 | Mexican pop singer, Paulina Rubio.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2000 | South African lawyer and jurist, 17th Chief Justice of South Africa, Ismail Mahomed,  69.

1981 | American author, and educator, Zerna Sharp, 92.

1941 | Dutch organist and composer,Johan Wagenaar, 79.

2007 | Italian fashion designer, Gianfranco Ferré, 63.

2014 | Canadian-American ice hockey player and sportscaster, Larry Zeidel,86.

SPORTS

1902 | On this day, Norwich City Football Club was formed.

ENTERTAINMENT

1988 | On this day, “The Great Outdoors” was premiered for the first time in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

In Dakar, Senegal on Sunday local shepherds takes their sheep for a daylong purification ritual.

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