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Interesting facts about June 17

Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining June 17. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is June 17 so important!

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Top 10 June 17 facts that will blow your mind.

  1. Len Bias was selected by the Boston Celtics as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft on June 17, and died two days later from cardiac arrhythmia induced by a cocaine overdose. He is considered by some sportswriters to be the greatest player not to play at the professional level.

  2. There are two types of cicadas: annual and periodical. Annual cicadas can be seen every year or every second year from July to August. Periodical cicadas can be seen every 13 to 17 years during the May and early June.

  3. The hearings were covered live by the ABC and now defunct DuMont television networks for the full thirty-six days from April 22 to June 17. More than eighty million people watched at least part of the hearings, making it one of the major American television events of the 1950s.

  4. Jean Meslier (15 June 1664 – 17 June 1729) was a French abbé who was discovered, upon his death, to have written a book-length philosophical essay promoting atheism and materialism. Described by the author as his "testament" to his parishioners, the text criticizes and denounces all religions.

  5. The saying "having a chip on your shoulder" can be traced to one man, John Miller (shipwright) who on 17 June 1756, refused the order to removed a chip (offcut of timber) from his shoulder, wood that he was carrying home from his work at the Royal Dockyard.

  6. The traditional horoscope dates are wrong - over thousands of years the true dates have changed by about a month: Capr: Jan. 20, Aqu: Feb. 16, Pisc: March 11, Aries: Apr 18; Taur: May 13; Gem, June 21; Cancer: July 20; Leo, Aug. 10; Vir: Sept. 16; Lib, Oct. 30; Scor: Nov. 23; Sag: Dec. 17.

  7. On June 17, 1581 Christman Genipperteinga was found guilty, and was condemned to death by the breaking wheel. He endured nine days on the wheel prior to expiring, kept alive in his sufferings with strong drink every day, so that his heart would be strengthened.

  8. On June 17, 1822 All AME Churches in Charleston were burned to the ground to foil Denmark Vesey's Slave Revolt. Nearly 40 years before the Emancipation Proclamation

  9. The Chinese ran an entire province of more than 5 million citizens on completely renewable energy for 7 days in 2017. Between June 17 and 23, the Chinese province of Qinghai survived entirely on 100% renewable energy, incuding solar, wind and hydro power.