Today in history – June 17

1579 – Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.

1775 – Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

1930 – President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.

1963 – The Supreme Court rules 8-1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.

1972 – Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt to illegally wiretap the opposition.

1994 – Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.