This day in history, June 17

This day in history, June 17

Each event below occurred on the same day of the month, June 17.

1673: French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette reach the Mississippi River, becoming the first Europeans to chart its course.

1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor from France.

1943: Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1943: Future House Speaker Newt Gingrich is born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

1972: Five White House operatives are arrested at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. for breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee.

1986: Singer and actress Kate Smith dies in Raleigh, North Carolina at age 79.

1994: Al Cowlings leads L.A. police on a slow speed interstate chase with his friend O.J. Simpson in the car threatening suicide.

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