Daily Calendar for Tuesday, June 17, 2025


  • John Wesley (founder of Methodism) –
  • James Weldon Johnson (poet) –
  • Ralph Bellamy (actor) –
  • Charles Eames (designer & architect) –
  • John Hersey (novelist) –
  • Barry Manilow (singer) –
  • James Ludlow Elliot (astronomer who discovered the rings of Uranus) –
  • Joe Piscopo (actor) –
  • Greg Kinnear (actor) –
  • Venus Williams (tennis player) –


  • Duffy Lewis (baseball player) –
  • J. Carter Brown (headed the National Gallery) –
  • Gloria Vanderbilt (fashion icon) –


  • Sir Francis Drake landed on the Pacific Coast–
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts, took place during the siege of Boston. It was the first major battle of the American Revolution.–
  • Republican Party’s first national convention to nominate a presidential candidate took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–
  • Plow and gun combo patented–
  • The French ship Isere, carrying the Statue of Liberty in 214 crates, arrived in New York City–
  • Army weekly magazine Yank coined the term G.I. Joe” in a comic strip drawn by Dave Breger”–
  • First U.S. mobile telephone commercial service inaugurated, St. Louis, Missouri–
  • Trans-Canada Air Lines began serving quick-freeze meals–
  • 15th FIFA World Cup soccer games began. For the first time in history, the event was held in the United States.–
  • Following a bizarre televised highway chase, O. J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman–
  • Double-hulled, 66-foot Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a returned to Hawaii from around-the-world trip.–


  • Santa Ana winds roasted fruit on the trees in California–
  • Santa Barbara, California’s temperature hit 133 degrees F–
  • Tornado struck Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa–

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