On this day: June 17

Posted: 7:36 PM EDT Jun 12, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jun 17, 2015

The British win at great cost at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Ted Williams belts his 500th home run, five burglars are arrested at the Watergate complex, O.J. Simpson goes for a ride, and same-sex marriage becomes legal in California, all on this day.

OTD June 17 - Rodney King
1 / 34
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

2012: Rodney King, who became nationally known after being beaten with excessive force by Los Angeles police officers in 1991, dies at age 47 in an accidental drowning in the pool at his home in Rialto, California. An autopsy later revealed that alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and PCP were in his blood at the time of the drowning and were contributing factors to his death.


Most Viewed on WFMZ.com


Slideshow Of The Day

On this Day

  • Operation Buster-Jangle, Uncle atom bomb test

    National Nuclear Security Administration

    On this day: November 29

    Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.