Rubber, the Taj Mahal and a Sandwich landing: 3 things that happened On This Day 17 June

What happened on this day in history? We round up three famous events, births, battles and deaths...


17 June

1631: Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, died in childbirth in Burhanpur. The Taj Mahal in Agra was built as her mausoleum.


1837: Charles Goodyear received his first patent for processing rubber.

1040: Following the death of his half-brother, Harold Harefoot, Harthacnut landed at Sandwich with 62 ships to claim the throne of England. One of his first acts as king was to have his predecessor’s body dug up and thrown into a bog.


Compiled by Julian Humphrys – You can follow Julian on Twitter @GeneralJules