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On June the 17th
The 1994 FIFA World Cup began in the USA with the game between USA and Switzerland which ended with a score of 1-1.
The Population Registration Act was abolished in South Africa, effectively ending the era of official racial classification.
The Dusky Seaside Sparrow became extinct. The extinction was brought about when their natural habitat was flooded in an effort to reduce the mosquito population around Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA.
In what has been historically known as the Watergate scandal, five White House operatives were arrested for breaking in the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition's offices.
American football player, Jason Hanson, was born in Spokane, Washington. He is one of the most celebrated kickers in recent American Football history who in the 13 years of his professional career has only missed one game.
German swimmer, Michael Gross, was born in Frankfurt. Nicknamed, The Albatross, he is widely acknowledged as the greatest swimmer of the 1980's. who won 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze metals in two Olympiads.
American actor, Greg Kinnear, was born in Logansport, Indiana. He was made famous around the world by his role in the blockbuster movie, As Good as It Gets.
American musician, Barry Manilow, was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He is most known for his hit songs, I Write The Songs, Mandy and most of all, Copacabana.
In Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents as well as the captured gangster, Frank Nash, were gunned down by gangsters in an attempt to free Nash.
US President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff into law. By the terms of the tariff, high taxation was imposed on a vast number of imported items, in an effort to stem the effects of the Great Depression within the United States. Due to reactions by several countries, the tariff had the opposite effect and in actuality worsened the situation as exports of US goods fell by almost 50%.
Soviet chess player, Tigran Petrosian, was born in Aragatsotn, Armenia. He was a world champion in chess and is considered as one of the best defensive players in history.
The Statue of Liberty arrived in the harbour of New York City. It was given as a gift to the United States by the Paris based Franco-American Union. It was erected in its present position in October 1886.
Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, was born in Lomonosov. He is acknowledged as one of the great composers of classical style music of the 20th century.
English clergyman, John Wesley, was born in Epworth. He was the founder of the Methodist movement.
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