June 17

This Day in History

1940

France to surrender

With Paris fallen to Germany, Marshal Henri Pétain, the new French leader, announces his intention to sign an armistice with the Nazis. Signed on June 22, the armistice authorized the occupation of … (more...)

1898

M. C. Escher Born

On this day in 1898, Maurits Cornelis Escher—now known as M. C. Escher—was born in Leeuwarden, in the Netherlands, to civil engineer George Arnold Escher and Sara Gleichman, the daughter of a … (more...)

1631

Mumtaz Mahal Dies, Taj Mahal to Be Built

On this day in 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died in childbirth, inspiring her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, to construct the Taj Mahal, one of the most awe-inspiring examples of architecture in the world. … (more...)