Today in History for 17th June 2021

Historical Events

1091 – Floris II de Vette becomes earl of Holland
1863 – Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford chartered (1st accident insurer)
1930 – Continuing a rich vein of form Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 131 in 1st Test v England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
1944 – Resistance fighter and poet Col Blake arrives in London
1992 – Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns
1997 – NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 and Minneapolis-St Paul and Columbus, Ohio in 2000

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Famous Birthdays

1882 – Adolf Friedrich VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (d. 1918)
1883 – Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, born in Molières-sur-Cèze, France (d. 1968)
1907 – Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter, born in Commercy, Meuse, France (d. 1990)
1940 – George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut
1960 – Thomas Haden Church, American actor (Sideways), born in Yolo, California
1962 – Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Helsinki, Finland

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Famous Deaths

1565 – Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese 13th shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate (1546-65), dies at 29
1815 – Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle
1858 – Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi in North India, one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 (b. 1828)
2009 – Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
2015 – Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
2019 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American fashion designer, artist, heiress and socialite, dies at 95

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