This Day in History: June 17


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1839 King of Hawaii Kamehameha III issues Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established

1885 Statue of Liberty arrives in NYC aboard French ship `Isere’

1956 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel’s foreign minister

1960 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR

1973 Dolly Parton records her song “I Will Always Love You” (later huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

1994 O.J. Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, LA police chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours before he eventually gives up (seen live on national TV)

1995 “Who’s Tommy” closes at St James Theater NYC after 899 performances



Igor Stravinsky, Alex Schemmer, Barry Manilow Leslie Beauvais, Venus Williams, Georgia Stitt

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