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Today in History

Today in History

By The Associated Press Published: June 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Today is Saturday, June 17, the 168th day of 2017. There are 197 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 17, 1972, President Richard 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 resulted in a costly victory for the British.

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In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales with pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon, becoming the first woman to make the trip as a passenger.

In 1987, Journalist Charles Glass was kidnapped in Beirut by pro-Iranian guerrillas. (Glass escaped his captors in Aug. 1987.)

In 1994, after leading police on a slow-speed chase on California freeways, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

Ten years ago: Thirty-five people were killed in the bombing of a police academy bus in Kabul, Afghanistan; the Taliban claimed responsibility.

Five years ago: Rodney King, 47, whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police sparked widespread outrage, died in an apparent accidental drowning.

One year ago: Thousands said farewell to "The Voice" singer Christina Grimmie at services in New Jersey, a week after the 22-year-old was shot to death while signing autographs in Orlando.


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