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Today In History - June 17
Zachary Taylor12th President of the USA
Zachary Taylor
12th President of the USA

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Today in History in 1991 The body of Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the USA, was exhumed to test how he died in 1850; and in 1994 OJ Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV).

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 656 - Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
  • 1291 - After 200 years of crusader control, Acre is the last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
  • 1579 - Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"
  • 1631 - Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
  • 1775 - Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)
  • 1788 - After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston
  • 1856 - Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
  • 1824 - US Bureau of Indian Affairs established
  • 1837 - Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
  • 1928 - Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
  • 1960 - Ted Williams hit his 500th HR
  • 1970 - Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera
  • 1982 - US President Reagan's 1st UN General Assembly address "We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament."
  • 1991 - The body of Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the USA, is exhumed to test how he died; rumours had persisted since his death in 1850 of arsenic poisoning - no evidence of this was found.
  • 1994 - OJ Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1742 - William Hooper, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1871 - James Weldon Johnson, civil rights activist, diplomat, poet (leader of NAACP) born Jacksonville Florida (d. 1938)
  • 1882 - Igor Stravinsky, Oranienbaum, Russia, composer (Rite of Spring) [OS 05/06]
  • 1903 - Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
  • 1904 - Ralph Bellamy, actor (Air Mail, Dive Bomber, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915 - Stringbean, [David Akeman], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)
  • 1937 - Peter Lupus, actor (Mission Impossible)
  • 1943 - Barry Manilow, New York City, American singer/pianist (Mandy, I Write the Songs)
  • 1954 - Mark Linn-Baker, St Louis, actor (Larry Appleton-Perfect Strangers)
  • 1963 - Greg Kinnear, actor/talk show host (Talk Soup, Sabrina, Later)
  • 1980 - Venus Williams, Lynwood California, tennis star

Famous Weddings

  • 1835 - Soldier and politician Jefferson Davis (27) weds Sarah Knox Taylor (21) in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1853 - Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie (31) weds second wife Jane Sym
  • 1872 - Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (31) weds childhood friend Fanny Bowditch Dixwell
  • 1923 - Chemist Linus Pauling (22) weds Ava Helen Miller
  • 1924 - Golfer Bobby Jones (22) weds high school sweetheart Mary Rice Malone (22) in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1933 - Vernon Presley marries Gladys Love Smith
  • 1950 - US Attorney General Robert Kennedy (24) weds Ethel Kennedy (25) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1962 - Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles
  • 1977 - Senator Joseph biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City
  • 1983 - Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs
  • 1997 - Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle
  • 1997 - Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (57) weds actor Robert De Niro (68) at their Marbletown home
  • 2000 - Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson (28) weds Kristin Willits (29) at Lee County's Cathedral Domain in Kentucky
  • 2006 - Producer Dick Wolf (59) weds fashion publicist Noelle Lippman
  • 2006 - Model Bianca Balti (22) weds Italian photographer assistant Christian Lucidi
  • 2008 - Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic
  • 2012 - "Revenge" actress Ashley Madekwe (30) weds "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl" actor Iddo Goldberg (36) in London, England

Famous Divorces

  • 1988 - Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips

Famous Deaths

  • 1947 - Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62
  • 1961 - Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], actor (Away all boats), dies at 40
  • 1979 - Lou Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
  • 2008 - Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
  • 2009 - Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2012 - Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

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