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This Day in History – June 17

This Day In History1700—Massachusetts orders priest to leave the country.
1824—Bureau of Indian Affairs established.
1856—Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia.
1863—Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
1885—Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship ‘Isere’
1894—1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out, Rutland, Vermont.
1898—US Senate agrees to annex Hawaii.
1901—The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
1916—US troops under Gen. Pershing march into Mexico.
1947—1st round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC.
1953—Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day, their 14th anniversary.
1957—“So Rare” by Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra peaks at #2.
1960—Ted Williams hit his 500th homerun.
1963—Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools.
1968—Ohio Express “Yummy Yummy Yummy ” goes gold.
1972—Looking Glass releases “Brandy”
1978—Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs.
1986—Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger resigns, Antonin Scalia nominated.
1991—Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78.
1992—Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns.
2008—First day of legal same-sex marriage in California.
2012—American golfer, Webb Simpson, wins the US Open.
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