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Monday June 17, 2002

Today is Monday, June 17 , the 168th day of 2002. There are 197 days left in the year. 


Highlight in History: 

Thirty years ago, on June 17, 1972, President Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate complex. 


On this date: 

In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston. 

In 1856, in Philadelphia, the Republican Party opened its first convention. 

In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere. 

In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales — the first by a woman. 

In 1940, France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II. 

In 1948, a United Air Lines DC-6 crashed near Mount Carmel, Pa., killing all 43 people on board. 

In 1963, the Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or reading of biblical verses in public schools. 

In 1969, the raunchy musical review “Oh! Calcutta!” opened in New York. 

In 1971, the United States and Japan signed a treaty under which the United States would return control of the island of Okinawa. 

In 1991, the remains of President Zachary Taylor were briefly exhumed in Louisville, Kentucky, to test a theory that Taylor had died of arsenic poisoning. The results showed his death was from natural causes.