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Events and People Who Made History on May 17

3rd Century

218 - 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

4th Century

352 - Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I

9th Century

884 - St. Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

16th Century

1525 - Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels
1527 - Panfilo de Narvaez departs to explore Florida
1536 - Anne Boleyns 4 "lovers" executed
1544 - Scottish earl Matthew van 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

17th Century

1620 - 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
1630 - Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
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 and Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
1678 - King Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty

18th Century

1712 - Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as "sovereign of Netherlands"
1733 - England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions
1742 - Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians
1744 - French army takes Austrian Netherlands
1750 - Tax revolt in Gorinchem
1756 - Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French and Indian War)
1787 - English slave ship Sisters, from Africa to Cuba, capsizes
1792 - 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
1794 - Hard frost in southern New England

19th Century

1803 - John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1804 - Lewis and 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
1845 - Rubber band patents
1846 - Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax
1848 - Premier earl Schimmelpenninck resigns
1849 - Fire destroy Centrum in St. Louis Missouri
1853 - Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
1862 - Battle of Princeton, West Virginia, ends, about 128 casualities
1863 - Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1864 - Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
1871 - Indians fighter General Sherman escapes in ambulance vs Comanches
1872 - Bohemian Club incorporated
1875 - 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
1876 - 7th U.S. Cavalry under 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 Washington D.C.
1881 - Revised version of New Testament
1883 - Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
1884 - Alaska becomes a U.S. territory
1890 - Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel," premieres in New York City
1890 - Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
1890 - Pietro Costanzi's opera "Rustic Chivalry," premieres in Rome
1894 - 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49
1895 - W G Grace completes his 100th 100 vs. Somerset at Bristol
1898 - Camp Merritt forms in Presidio
1899 - Victoria and Albert Museum foundation laid England

20th Century

1900 - British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
1903 - Cleveland Indians beat New York Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
1904 - Maurice Ravel's "Sheherazade," premieres in Paris
1905 - Waseda University of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
1906 - Switzerland's Simpion Tunnel open to rail traffic
1909 - White firemen on Georgia RR strike to protest hiring blacks
1910 - Canada sets the designs for the 1 cent -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 and 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), 1st introduced
1920 - 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
1920 - 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
1921 - Belgian-Luxembourg sign customs union
1921 - 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 war lord in Canton
1926 - German government of Marx takes power
1927 - Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
1928 - 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
1930 - 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
1932 - Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
1937 - Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
1938 - 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 and begins invasion of France
1940 - Nazi's bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance
1941 - Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
1942 - Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler
1944 - Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
1944 - Chinese/U.S. armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma
1944 - General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
1944 - Operation Straightline: Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea
1945 - 2 U.S. P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu
1946 - KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
1946 - President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
1947 - "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 148 performances
1948 - Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha and Telel-Kadi
1948 - Soviet Union recognized Israel
1949 - British government recognizes Republic of Ireland
1952 - 78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
1953 - Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
1953 - Yankees and Browns use record 41 players in a game
1954 - School desegregation law, Brown vs. Board of education
1954 - Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. 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)
1958 - 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
1958 - Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
1959 - Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122
1960 - 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park, California
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 New York, to become WWF champ
1963 - U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1964 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1966 - KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 - Dylan's 1965 U.K. Tour is released as film "Don't Look Back"
1968 - European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
1968 - Frank Howard belts record 8th home run in 5th straight game
1968 - U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1969 - 95th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
1969 - Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
1969 - "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat," by Maskman and The Agents hits #92
1969 - Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
1970 - Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits
1970 - Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament
1970 - Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on reed raft
1971 - Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell," premieres off-Broadway
1971 - Washington State bans sex discrimination
1972 - Netherlands and China exchange ambassadors
1972 - Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
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 - Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
1973 - "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City for 21 performances
1973 - Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
1973 - Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"
1973 - U.S. performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle, Colorado
1974 - Bayern Munchen wins 20th Europe Cup 1 at Brussels
1974 - Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet
1975 - 101st Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
1975 - 10cc releases "I'm Not in Love"
1975 - "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79
1975 - Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches
1975 - NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time
1976 - 28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson and M Learned
1976 - Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000's killed
1977 - Menahem Begins Likoed-party wins election in Israel
1978 - Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
1979 - 12 degrees F, 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 home runs
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 and Linda McCartney appear on Saturday Night Live
1981 - "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 14 performances
1981 - Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
1981 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1983 - Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty
1983 - Stanley Cup: New York 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
1985 - Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
1986 - 112th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
1986 - "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hit #1 on the U.K. pop chart
1987 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1987 - "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 102 performances
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
1989 - Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa
1989 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" auctioned for $825M
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 and women
1990 - WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
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 and Fisk)
1993 - Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
1994 - Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
1996 - Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe
1996 - Habib and Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics vs. Worcs
1997 - 123rd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
1997 - Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London
1997 - WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
1998 - 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship


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