June 17, 1239 - Edward I is born at the Palace of Westminster.
June 17, 1497 - Henry VII defeated Cornish rebels at the Battle of Deptford Bridge.
June 17, 1579 - Francis Drake, famed English sailor, anchored his ship the Golden Hind just north of what would one day be San Francisco Bay. He proclaimed England's sovereignty over an area he named New Albion.
June 17, 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.