Today in history

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.  

June 17th
1843:   In the first violent clash since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, 4 Maori and 22 Europeans are killed near Taumarina in Marlborough. The land dispute was between Nelson settlers wanting to settle in the Wairau Valley, and Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha. 

1885:  The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York.  A gift from the people of France, The statue was shipped in 350 pieces and in 200 packing cases. The statue was designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, with the assistance of Gustave Eiffel.

1972:  5 men are arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.

362:  Emperor Julian issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.

1994: O J Simpson, wanted by the police for murder, is watched by millions of people as he leads the police through Los Angles in a slow speed pursuit in his white Ford Bronco.