THIS DAY IN HISTORY 17/06


THIS DAY IN HISTORY 17/06
JUNE 17TH

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1944 – Iceland declares independence from Denmark

1944 – Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland

1945 – Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)

1967 – China becomes world’s 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power

1970 – Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera

1988 – Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0

1991 – South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1867 – John Robert Gregg, Ireland, inventor (shorthand)

1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Oranienbaum, Russia, composer (Rite of Spring) [OS 05/06]

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1940 – George Akerlof, American economist, Nobel laureate

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1943 – Barry Manilow, New York City, American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs)

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1980 – Venus Williams, Lynwood California, tennis star

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1947 – Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62

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1981 – Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65

2012 – Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

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