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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 17, 1775
    George Washington

    Washington appeared before Congress in uniform

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 17, 1775

    Washington appeared before Congress in uniform and gave an acceptance speech on June 16, declining a salary—though he was later reimbursed expenses.




  • Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 17, 1858
    Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln's House Divided Speech

    Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 17, 1858

    Accepting the nomination, Lincoln delivered his House Divided Speech, with the biblical reference Mark 3:25, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other". The speech created a stark image of the danger of disunion. The stage was then set for the election of the Illinois legislature which would, in turn, select Lincoln or Douglas. When informed of Lincoln's nomination, Douglas stated, "[Lincoln] is the strong man of the party ... and if I beat him, my victory will be hardly won."




  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 17, 1930
    Great Depression

    Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act passed

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 17, 1930

    Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act passed, placing more stress on the weakening global economy, primarily through the collapse in trade of agricultural products, which strained banks that had lent heavily to farmers. Further decreases in trade of manufactured products led to layoffs and reduced corporate profits, weakening the economy. General consensus among economists is that the Smoot-Hawley Act did not cause the Depression, but did worsen it and stunted recovery efforts after 1933. Exports declined from $5.2 billion in 1929 to just $1.7 billion in 1933.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 17, 1942
    Winston Churchill

    Churchill had returned to Washington

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 17, 1942

    Churchill had returned to Washington on 17 June. He and Roosevelt agreed on the implementation of Operation Torch as the necessary precursor to an invasion of Europe. Roosevelt had appointed General Dwight D. Eisenhower as commanding officer of the European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA). Having received the news from North Africa, Churchill obtained shipment from America to the Eighth Army of 300 Sherman tanks and 100 howitzers.




  • New York, U.S.
    Friday Jun 17, 1977
    Joe Biden

    Biden and Jill Tracy Jacobs were married

    New York, U.S.
    Friday Jun 17, 1977

    Biden and Jill Tracy Jacobs were married at the United Nations Chapel in New York on June 17, 1977.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 17, 1993
    Sony Corporation

    SDDS Format

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 17, 1993

    In 1993, Sony challenged the industry-standard Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound format with a newer and more advanced proprietary motion picture digital audio format called SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound). This format employed eight channels (7.1) of audio opposed to just six used in Dolby Digital 5.1 at the time.




  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 17, 2009
    Shaquille O'Neal

    O'Neal challenged kickboxer and mixed martial artist Choi Hong-man

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 17, 2009

    O'Neal challenged kickboxer and mixed martial artist Choi Hong-man to a mixed martial arts rules bout in a YouTube video posted on June 17, 2009.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 17, 2010
    Kobe Bryant

    The most satisfying of all championships

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 17, 2010

    The Lakers went on to win the series in six games capturing the Western Conference Championship and advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight season. In a rematch against the 2008 Champion Boston Celtics, Bryant, despite shooting 6 for 24 from the field, led the Lakers back from a thirteen-point third-quarter deficit in Game 7 to win the championship; he scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 15 rebounds. Bryant won his fifth championship and earned his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP award. This marked the first time the Lakers won a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Bryant said that this was the most satisfying of all of his five championships.


  • Oakland County, Michigan, U.S.
    Monday Jun 17, 2013
    Jimmy Hoffa

    Investigation of the Zerilli Information

    Oakland County, Michigan, U.S.
    Monday Jun 17, 2013

    On June 17, 2013, investigation of the Zerilli information led the FBI to a property in Oakland Township in northern Oakland County owned by Detroit mob boss Jack Tocco. After three days, the FBI called off the dig. No human remains were found, and the case remains open.


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