June 17

1775

The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution.

1885

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

1928

Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.

1944

The Republic of Iceland was established.

1963

U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no locality may require recitation of Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.

1972

Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, DC, started the Watergate political scandal.

1994

O. J. Simpson's slow-speed chase by the police, watched by millions on TV, ended in his arrest.

2002

Australian scientists announced that they had "teleported" a laser beam—breaking it up and reconstructing it in another location.

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