Historical Events on 17th May

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218 - 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
352 - Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I
884 - St Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1521 - Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
1525 - Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels
1527 - Pánfilo de Narváez departs to Spain explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
1536 - Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed
1544 - Scot Earl Matthew Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII
1579 - Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian
1590 - Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
1620 - 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
1630 - Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
King of England Henry VIIIKing of England Henry VIII 1631 - Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg
1648 - Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria
1672 - Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)
1673 - Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
1712 - Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as "sovereign of Netherlands"
1733 - England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions
1742 - Battle of Chotusitz: Frederick II and Prussia defeat the Austrians
1744 - French army takes Austrian Netherlands
King of Prussia Frederick the GreatKing of Prussia Frederick the Great 1750 - -18] Tax revolt in Gorinchem
1756 - Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War)
1775 - American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
1787 - English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes
1792 - 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
1794 - Hard frost in southern New England
1803 - John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1804 - Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase
1809 - Papal States annexed by France
1814 - Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day)
1814 - Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll
1814 - Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
1845 - Rubber band patents
1848 - Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck resigns as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Netherlands
1849 - Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis Missouri
1853 - Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
1859 - Australian Rules Football first 'laws of the game' published
1860 - German football club TSV 1860 München is founded
1862 - Battle of Princeton WV, ends, about 128 casualities
1863 - Battle of Big Black River Bridge, MS
1863 - Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, her first book in the Galician language.
1864 - Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
1865 - The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established.
Union General William Tecumseh ShermanUnion General William Tecumseh Sherman 1871 - Indian fighter General William T. Sherman escapes Comanches in an ambulance
1872 - Bohemian Club incorporated in San Francisco
1875 - 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
1876 - 7th US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer leaves Ft Lincoln
1877 - Edwin T Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm
1881 - 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40
1881 - Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Wash DC
1881 - Revised version of New Testament
Abolitionist Frederick DouglassAbolitionist Frederick Douglass 1883 - Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
1884 - Alaska becomes a US territory
1890 - Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel" premieres in NYC
1890 - Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
1890 - Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi
1894 - 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25
1895 - W G Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol
1897 - The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland
Engineer John Philip HollandEngineer John Philip Holland 1898 - Camp Merritt forms in Presidio [see 0503]
1899 - Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid, London, England
1900 - British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
1900 - In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed.
1902 - Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
1903 - Cleve Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
1904 - Maurice Ravel's "Shéhérazade" premieres in Paris
1905 - Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
1906 - Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic
1909 - White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks
1910 - Canada sets the designs for the 1-50 cent coins
1911 - 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
1915 - 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
1915 - Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
1915 - Last liberal British government of Asquith falls
1915 - National Baptist Convention chartered
1916 - British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
1919 - War Department (UK) orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes.
1920 - 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
1920 - 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
1921 - Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union
1921 - US President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
1923 - Fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School (SC)
1924 - 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2
1925 - Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker gets his 3,000th hit
1926 - Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme warlord in Canton
1926 - German government of Marx takes power
1927 - Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
1927 - U.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
1928 - 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
1930 - 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
1932 - US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
1933 - Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
1937 - Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
1938 - US Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
1938 - Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
1939 - 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
1940 - Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France
1940 - Nazis bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance
1941 - Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1942 - Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler
1943 - The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the ENIAC.
1943 - World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.
1944 - -18] Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
1944 - Chinese/US arm forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma
1944 - General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
1944 - Operation Straightline: Allies land in Neth New-Guinea
1945 - 2 US P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu
1946 - KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
1946 - US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
1947 - "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances
1948 - Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi
1948 - Soviet Union recognized Israel
1949 - British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
1952 - 78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
1953 - Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
1953 - Yanks & Browns use record 41 players in a game
1954 - Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
1955 - Dutch government of Drees resigns
1957 - Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)
1957 - School desegregation law, Brown v Board of education
1958 - 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
1958 - Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
Golfer Sam SneadGolfer Sam Snead 1959 - Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122
1960 - 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park CA
1961 - Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
1962 - Marin County withdraws from BART district
1963 - Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ
1963 - Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
1963 - US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1964 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1964 - Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright 1966 - KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 - Dylan's 1965 UK Tour is released as film "Don't Look Back"
1967 - The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue prohibiting the teaching of evolution, is repealed after 42 years
1968 - European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
1968 - Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game
1968 - US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1969 - "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
1969 - 95th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
1969 - Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
1969 - Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
Baseball Player Hank AaronBaseball Player Hank Aaron 1970 - Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits
1970 - Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament
1971 - Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
1971 - Washington State bans sex discrimination
1972 - Neth & China PR exchange ambassadors
1972 - Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
1973 - "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances
1973 - Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
1973 - Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
1973 - Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"
Singer-Songwriter Stevie WonderSinger-Songwriter Stevie Wonder 1973 - US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
1973 - Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
1973 - Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
1974 - Bayern Munchen wins 20th Europe Cup 1 at Brussels
1974 - Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 15th String quartet
1974 - The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)explode four bombs in the Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians and wounded a further 300(This is the highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles")
1975 - "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79
1975 - 101st Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
1975 - 10CC releases "I'm Not in Love"
1975 - Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches
1975 - NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time
Actress Mary Tyler MooreActress Mary Tyler Moore 1976 - 28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win
1976 - Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands killed
1977 - Menahem Begins Likoed-party wins election in Israel
1978 - Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
1979 - -12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)
1979 - Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
1979 - Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
1980 - 106th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2
1980 - Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
1980 - Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
1980 - Paul & Linda McCartney appear on Saturday Night Live
1981 - "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances
1981 - Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
LPGA Golfer Kathy WhitworthLPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth 1981 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1983 - Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty
1983 - Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games
1984 - Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
1984 - Mai Shanley, 21, (NM), crowned 33rd Miss USA
1984 - Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.
1985 - Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
1986 - "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hit #1 on the UK pop chart
1986 - 112th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
1987 - "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances
1987 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1987 - USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die
1989 - Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!
1989 - Napoli wins 18th UEFA Cup in Stuttgart
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson MandelaAnti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela 1989 - Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa
1990 - Cheers' star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
1990 - Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
1990 - European court rules pension rights for both men & women
1990 - WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
1990 - World Health Organisation takes Homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses.
1991 - Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
1992 - 38th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Betsy King
1992 - Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone & Fisk)
1993 - Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
LPGA Golfer Betsy KingLPGA Golfer Betsy King 1994 - Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election

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