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There are many reasons to celebrate June!  June 17 is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of the year.  Follow our list below for some great reasons to celebrate this day.
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Food Holidays:
  • National Apple Strudel Day (June 17)
Apple strudel (German: Apfelstrudel) is a traditional Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many countries in Europe that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire (1867–1918). --Apple strudel consists of an oblong strudel pastry jacket with an apple filling inside. The filling is made of grated cooking apples (usually of a tart, crisp, and aromatic variety such as Winesap apples), sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and bread crumbs.
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Holidays Around the World
 
  •   National Day, celebrates the independence of Iceland from Kingdom of Denmark in 1944.
  •   Soviet Occupation Day (Latvia) - Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day (Latvian: Latvijas Republikas okupācijas diena) is an official day of remembrance in Latvia and is observed on June 17. The holiday is observed to recall the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940.
  •   West Germany, from 1954 to 1990, the Day of German Unity
  •   World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (International) - The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each June 17. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. Each annual celebration has a different theme.  *This day was proclaimed on January 30, 1995 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/49/115.
  •   Zemla Intifada Day (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic) - The Zemla Intifada (or The Zemla Uprising) is the name used to refer to disturbances of June 17, 1970, which culminated in a massacre by Spanish Legion forces in the Zemla district of El Aaiun, Spanish Sahara (nowadays Western Sahara).
  •   Bunker Hill Day (Suffolk County, Massachusetts) (June 17) - Bunker Hill Day, observed every June 17, is a legal holiday in Suffolk County, Massachusetts (which includes the city of Boston), as well as Somerville in Middlesex County. Prospect Hill, site of colonial fortifications overlooking the Charlestown neck, is now located in Somerville, which was previously part of Charlestown. State institutions in Massachusetts (such as public institutions of higher education) located in Boston also celebrate the holiday. However, the state's FY2011 budget requires all state and municipal offices in Suffolk County be open on Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day.
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Happy Birthday!  Is it your Birthday Today?  See who shares your birthday.

1943 - Barry Manilow, New York City, American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs)
1943 - Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer
1944 - Bill Rafferty, comedian (Real People, Laugh-in '77)
1944 - Chris Spedding, rocker
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Christian Feast Day:

  •   Albert Chmielowski
  •   Botolph (England)
  •   Samuel and Henrietta Barnett (Church of England)
  •   Gondulphus of Berry
  •   Hervé
  •   Hypatius of Bithynia (Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic Churches)
  •   Rainerius
  •   June 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
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On This Day

  • 1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
  • 1579 – Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.
  • 1596 – The Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovers the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen.
  • 1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.
  • 1673 – French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
  • 1773 – Cúcuta, Colombia, is discovered by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • 1789 – In France, the Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly.
  • 1839 – In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace are established as a result.
  • 1843 – The Wairau Affray, the first serious clash of arms between Māori and British settlers in the New Zealand Wars, takes place.
  • 1861 – Battle of Vienna, Virginia in the American Civil War.
  • 1863 – Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
  • 1876 – American Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud – 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.
  • 1877 – American Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon – the Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
  • 1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
  • 1898 – The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
  • 1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
  • 1910 – Aurel Vlaicu pilots an A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
  • 1930 – U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
  • 1932 – Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
  • 1933 – Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
  • 1939 – Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison
  • 1944 – Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.
  • 1958 – The wooden roller coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada opens. It is still open today.
  • 1960 – The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of land undervalued at 4 cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.
  • 1963 – The United States Supreme Court rules 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
  • 1963 – A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. 
  • 1967 – The People's Republic of China announces a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1971 – President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
  • 1972 – Watergate scandal: five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.
  • 1987 – With the death of the last individual of the species, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
  • 1991 – Apartheid: the South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
  • 1992 – A "joint understanding" agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).
  • 1994 – Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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External links
BBC: On This Day - June 11
The New York Times: On This Day - June 11
On This Day in Canada - June 11

Note: Movable June holidays may or may not be on this list due to the fact the dates always change each year:  
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