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    • May 17, 1521 "Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason."

    • May 17, 1525 Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels

    • May 17, 1527 P�nfilo de Narva�z departs to explore Florida

    • May 17, 1536 "Anne Boleyn's 4 ""lovers"" executed"

    • May 17, 1544 Scottish Earl Matthew van Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII

    • May 17, 1579 Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian

    • May 17, 1590 Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.

    • May 17, 1620 "The first merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)"

    • May 17, 1630 "Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, first to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface"

    • May 17, 1631 Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg

    • May 17, 1642 Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (16121676) founds the Ville Marie de Montral.

    • May 17, 1648 Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria

    • May 17, 1672 Frontenac becomes Governor of New France (Canada)

    • May 17, 1673 Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi

    • May 17, 1673 Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River.

    • May 17, 1678 King Charles II & Louis XIV sign secret treaty

    • May 17, 1712 "Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as ""sovereign of Netherlands"""

    • May 17, 1733 "England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions"

    • May 17, 1733 "England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported by the colonies from countries that were not British possessions."

    • May 17, 1742 Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians

    • May 17, 1744 French army takes Austrian Netherlands

    • May 17, 1750 Tax revolt in Gorinchem

    • May 17, 1757 War speculators raise the prices of bread and meat by 1000%; 4 oz. of bread the daily ration in Quebec.

    • May 17, 1775 "In Philadelphia Pennsylvania, US Continental Congress bans trade with Canada. (I wonder what we did?)"

    • May 17, 1787 "English slave ship Sisters, from Africa to Cuba, capsizes"

    • May 17, 1792 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street

    • May 17, 1793 "In Alberta, Alexander Mackenzie 1764-1820 sights the Rockies."

    • May 17, 1794 Hard frost in southern New England

    • May 17, 1803 John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine

    • May 17, 1804 Lewis & Clark begin exploration of the Louisiana Purchase

    • May 17, 1809 Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.

    • May 17, 1809 Papal States annexed by France

    • May 17, 1814 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day)

    • May 17, 1814 Norwegian constitution passed by constituent assembly at Eidsvoll

    • May 17, 1814 Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.

    • May 17, 1814 The Constitution of Norway is signed and the Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.

    • May 17, 1845 Rubber band patents

    • May 17, 1846 Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax

    • May 17, 1848 Premier Earl Schimmelpenninck resigns

    • May 17, 1849 "A fire threatens to burn St. Louis, Missouri, to the ground."

    • May 17, 1849 Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis MO

    • May 17, 1851 "Saint John New Brunswick, the launch of the sailing ship Marco Polo; reputed to be the fastest ship in the world."

    • May 17, 1853 Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election

    • May 17, 1860 German football club TSV 1860 Mnchen is founded

    • May 17, 1863 "Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi"

    • May 17, 1863 "Rosala de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, her first book in the Galician language."

    • May 17, 1864 "Battle of Adairsville GA, Union forces Confederates to retreat"

    • May 17, 1865 The International Telegraph Union (the later International Telecommunication Union) is established.

    • May 17, 1871 Indians fighter General Sherman escapes in ambulance vs Comanches

    • May 17, 1872 Bohemian Club incorporated

    • May 17, 1875 Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.

    • May 17, 1875 "In the first running of the Kentucky Derby today, Aristides wins in 2:37 75"

    • May 17, 1876 7th US Cavalry under Custer leaves Fort Lincoln

    • May 17, 1881 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington DC

    • May 17, 1881 Revised version of New Testament

    • May 17, 1883 Buffalo Bill Cody's first wild west show premieres in Omaha

    • May 17, 1884 Alaska becomes a US territory

    • May 17, 1890 "Comic Cuts, first weekly comic paper, published in London"

    • May 17, 1895 The first Omonoia station of the Athens metro is inaugurated in Greece.

    • May 17, 1899 Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid England

    • May 17, 1900 British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)

    • May 17, 1900 Mafeking in South Africa relieved

    • May 17, 1902 "Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer."

    • May 17, 1909 White firemen on Georgia RR strike to protest hiring blacks

    • May 17, 1910 Canada sets the designs for its 1 cent to fifty cent coins.

    • May 17, 1915 Last liberal British Government of Asquith falls

    • May 17, 1915 National Baptist Convention chartered

    • May 17, 1915 The last British Liberal Party government (Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.

    • May 17, 1916 "British Summer Time (Daylight Savings), first introduced"

    • May 17, 1918 Almost the entire leadership of Sinn Fin are arrested.

    • May 17, 1919 Committee of One Thousand forms to oppose Winnipeg General Strike.

    • May 17, 1919 War Department (UK) orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes.

    • May 17, 1920 The first De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol

    • May 17, 1921 Belgian-Luxembourg sign customs union

    • May 17, 1921 President Harding opens (via telephone) first Valencia Orange Show

    • May 17, 1926 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord in Canton

    • May 17, 1926 German Government of Marx takes power

    • May 17, 1927 "U.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, died in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania"

    • May 17, 1928 9th modern Olympic games open in Amsterdam

    • May 17, 1932 "Congress changes the name ""Porto Rico"" to ""Puerto Rico"""

    • May 17, 1933 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling the national-socialist party of Norway.

    • May 17, 1937 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier

    • May 17, 1938 "Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy"

    • May 17, 1939 "British issue the Palestine ""White Paper"" fixing the upper limit to 75,000 Jews to be admitted into Palestine over the next five years."

    • May 17, 1939 King George VI 1895-1952 and Queen Elizabeth disembark at Wolfe's Cove from the CP ship Empress of Australia to start a month-long royal visit to Canada

    • May 17, 1939 "Royal Tour of Canada commences with the arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Wolfe's Cove, Quebec on the Empress of Canada. The 12 car train, (five from CP, five from CN and the two vice-regal cars), in royal blue and aluminum, left Quebec City on May 18. A pilot train, carrying officials and the press, preceeded the royal train by one hour and no other trains were permitted to travel within this period. The travel arrangements were shared by the two railways with CP being responsible for the westward journey to Victoria. CP used 4-6-4 locomotives 2850 and 2851 for the royal and pilot trains respectively, except for the Ottawa to Brighton, Ont, section, which was over CN track. 2850 hauled the royal train without change right through to Vancouver, a total distance of 3224 miles. Royal crowns were affixed to the running boards of both locomotives and these were eventually fitted to the entire class (2820-2864) which, following approval from their majesties, came to be known as Royal Hudsons."

    • May 17, 1940 Germany begins the invasion of France

    • May 17, 1940 "Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium"

    • May 17, 1940 "World War II: The old city centre of the Dutch town of Middelburg is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland."

    • May 17, 1942 Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler

    • May 17, 1943 Only 8 of the 17 British and Canadian Lancasters of the Dambusters Squadron return from breaching the Mohne and the Eder dams in Germany's industrial Ruhr basin;

    • May 17, 1943 World War II: The Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.

    • May 17, 1944 "Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java"

    • May 17, 1944 "Chinese/US armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma"

    • May 17, 1944 General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th

    • May 17, 1944 Operation Straightline: Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea

    • May 17, 1945 2 US P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu

    • May 17, 1946 KVP Labor/Communists win first post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections

    • May 17, 1946 President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike

    • May 17, 1948 "Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi"

    • May 17, 1948 Soviet Union recognized Israel

    • May 17, 1949 British government recognizes Republic of Ireland

    • May 17, 1955 Dutch Government of Drees resigns

    • May 17, 1957 Canadian National opens a 40 mile diversion of its Montr�al to Toronto main line required in the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

    • May 17, 1957 "Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (District of Columbia)"

    • May 17, 1961 Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers

    • May 17, 1962 Marin County withdraws from BART district

    • May 17, 1962 Number one hit on UK music charts - B.Bumble & The Stingers - Nut Rocker

    • May 17, 1963 Bruno Sammartino defeats Nature Boy Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds in Madison Square Garden for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship. It begins the longest heavyweight championship reign in pro wrestling history.

    • May 17, 1967 "Dylan's 1965 UK Tour is released as the film ""Don't Look Back"""

    • May 17, 1967 Six-Day War: President Abdul Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.

    • May 17, 1968 European Space Research Organization launches first satellite

    • May 17, 1969 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus

    • May 17, 1969 "Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure."

    • May 17, 1970 "Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits"

    • May 17, 1970 Thor Heyerdahl crosses the Atlantic on reed raft Ra

    • May 17, 1970 Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.

    • May 17, 1971 Washington State bans sex discrimination

    • May 17, 1972 Netherlands & China People's Republic exchange ambassadors

    • May 17, 1973 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings

    • May 17, 1973 "Stevie Wonder releases ""You are the Sunshine of my Life"""

    • May 17, 1973 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle CO

    • May 17, 1973 Watergate scandal: Hearings begin in the United States Senate and are televised.

    • May 17, 1974 Bayern M�nchen wins 20th Europe Cup 1 at Brussels

    • May 17, 1974 "Police in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall."

    • May 17, 1974 "Thirty-three people are killed by terrorist bombings in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland."

    • May 17, 1975 """Funky Gibbon"" by The Goodies hits #79"

    • May 17, 1975 "10cc releases ""I'm Not in Love"""

    • May 17, 1975 "Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches"

    • May 17, 1975 "NBC paid $5 million for rights to show ""Gone with the Wind"" one time"

    • May 17, 1975 Number one hit on UK music charts - Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man

    • May 17, 1976 "28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & Michael Learned win"

    • May 17, 1976 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000's killed

    • May 17, 1976 "In Uzbek SSR a 7.1 quake killed 6 and 10,000 homeless in Gazli area. Damage reported in parts of Uzbek, Tadzhik, and Turkham SSR"

    • May 17, 1977 Menahem Begins Likoed-party wins election in Israel

    • May 17, 1979 "-12�F (-11�C), on top of Mauna Kea HI (state record)"

    • May 17, 1979 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation

    • May 17, 1980 General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.

    • May 17, 1980 "Major race riot in Miami FL - 16 killed, 300 injured"

    • May 17, 1980 Number one hit on UK music charts - Johnny Logan - What's Another Year

    • May 17, 1980 "Peru: Terrorist group Shining Path attacked a voting poll in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho starting the Internal conflict in Peru."

    • May 17, 1983 Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty

    • May 17, 1983 "Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon."

    • May 17, 1984 "Mai Shanley, 21, (New Mexico), crowned 33rd Miss USA"

    • May 17, 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."

    • May 17, 1985 "Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska"

    • May 17, 1986 """Chicken Song"" by Spitting Image hit #1 on the UK pop chart"

    • May 17, 1986 Number one hit on UK music charts - Spitting Image - The Chicken Song

    • May 17, 1987 """Stardust"" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances"

    • May 17, 1987 "An Iraqi fighter jet fires two missiles into the U.S. warship USS Stark (FFG-31), killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew."

    • May 17, 1987 "USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die"

    • May 17, 1989 "Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!"

    • May 17, 1989 Napoli wins 18th UEFA Cup in Stuttgart

    • May 17, 1989 Nelson Mandela receives a BA degree from University of South Africa

    • May 17, 1989 "Vincent Van Gogh's ""Portrait of Dr Gachet"" auctioned for $825 million"

    • May 17, 1990 Cheers' star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI

    • May 17, 1990 European court rules pension rights for both men & women

    • May 17, 1991 "Lupita Jones, 23, of M�xico, crowned 40th Miss Universe"

    • May 17, 1992 Bandleader Laurence Welk dies at age 89

    • May 17, 1992 "In Thailand, the so-called Black May begins. Thai police and protestors start attacking one another. By midnight, the current Thai government declares a state of emergency, and military troops open fire."

    • May 17, 1993 Intel unveils their new Pentium processor

    • May 17, 1993 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled

    • May 17, 1994 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election

    • May 17, 1994 Malawi holds its first multiparty elections.

    • May 17, 1995 "After 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France."

    • May 17, 1996 "Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe"

    • May 17, 1997 Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London

    • May 17, 1997 Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.

    • May 17, 1998 David Wells of the New York Yankees pitches the 15th perfect game in baseball history against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.

    • May 17, 1999 Ehud Barak is elected prime minister of Israel.

    • May 17, 2000 "Philippines. Explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade."

    • May 17, 2006 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef

    • May 17, 2007 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the growing number of mortgage defaults will not seriously harm the U.S. Economy

    • May 17, 2007 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.







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