On This Day In History, 17 June


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World Events Today

  • Following the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died today in 1631 giving birth to their 14th child, Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor, commissioned the building of the Taj Mahal in her memory
  • The Statue of Liberty, which was originally built in France, then disassembled and shipped to the United States in crates, arrived in New York today in 1885
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army, the IRA, bombed the Houses of Parliament in London today in 1974, the bomb caused extensive damage and injured 11 people

Entertainment Events Today

  • Jack Nicklaus beat his great rival Arnold Palmer today in 1962, to win the U S Open for the first time
  • Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 today in 1962, to win the 7th FIFA World Cup Final in Chile
  • The infamous O J Simpson Ford Bronco SUV car chase, watched by almost 100 million people on live television, occurred today in 1994

Family Events Today

  • Barry Alan Pincus, better known as the American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, whose hits include Could It Be Magic and Copacabana, was born today in 1943 in New York
  • Ken Livingstone, the English politician who served as the first Mayor of London for 8 years, was born today in 1945 in London
  • The American tennis player Venus Williams, who won the Women’s Wimbledon Singles Championship 7 times, was born today in 1980 in California

Main Event Today

  • The Watergate scandal, which resulted in the resignation of the United States President, Richard Nixon, stemmed from a break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters today in 1972

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day

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