This Day in History – June 17
1788 – After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston.
1837 – Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent.
1856 – Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia.
1885 – Statute of Liberty arrives in NYC aboard French ship ‘Isere”
1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the frontrunner to the SAT.
1915 – The League to Enforce Peace is organized at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations.
1928 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
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.
1946 – Southwest Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis.
1953 – US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays execution of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day, their 14th anniversary.
1957 – “So Rare” by Jimmy Dorsey Orch peaks at #2.
1962 – 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC PA.
1963 – Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools.
1970 – Edwin Land patents the Polaroid camera.
1972 – Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington, DC.
1982 – US President Reagan’s first UN General Assembly address “We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament”
1991 – Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78.
1994 – O.J. Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1 1/2 hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)
2008 – First day of legal same-sex marriage in California.
2015 – 9 people are shot and killed inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21 year old gunman.
2017 – Bill Cosby trial for aggravated indecent assault declared a mistrial after jurors couldn’t reach a verdict.