May 17 Events in History - May 17 Birthdays - May 17 Deaths
2015 Taylor Swift receives eight awards at the Billboard Music Awards; Pharrell Williams, Meghan Trainor, One Direction, and Sam Smith were also multiple winners at the ceremony
2014 African leaders meet in Paris to discuss ways to fight Boko Haram, the Islamist group that kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls over a month ago in Nigeria; the country's president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been seen as slow to respond to the situation
2014 Google, Inc. and Apple, Inc. have agreed to drop certain patent lawsuits against each other; the lawsuits revolve around Google's Motorola Mobility technology
2013 Former President of Argentina, Jorge Rafael Videla dies in a jail in Marcos Paze, Buenos Aires
2013 The brightest lunar meteor impact ever observed is recorded by NASA
2012 U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro, says America 'is ready' to attack Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons
2012 Security chief Zhou Yongkang is asked to be removed by a group of Chinese Communist Party veterans
2011 The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show is recorded in Chicago, Illinois; many celebrities attend the star-studded event
2011 The oldest panda in the world, Ming Ming, dies at the age of 34 in Guangdong, China
2010 Iceland's volcano causes Britain's two busiest airports to close in addition to Dublin Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
1998 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship
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
1996 Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe
1996 Habib and Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics vs. Worcs
1994 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
1993 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
1992 38th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Betsy King
1992 Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone and Fisk)
1991 Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
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
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
1987 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 102 performances
1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1987 USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die
1986 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hit #1 on the U.K. pop chart
1986 112th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
1985 Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
1984 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
1984 Mai Shanley, 21, (NM), crowned 33rd Miss USA
1983 Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty
1983 Stanley Cup: New York Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games
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
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
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
1978 Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
1977 Menahem Begins Likoed-party wins election in Israel
1976 28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson and M Learned
1976 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000's killed
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
1974 Bayern Munchen wins 20th Europe Cup 1 at Brussels
1974 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet
1973 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City 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"
1973 U.S. 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
1972 Netherlands and China exchange ambassadors
1972 Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
1971 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell," premieres off-Broadway
1971 Washington State bans sex discrimination
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
1969 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat," by Maskman and The Agents hits #92
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 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
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
1967 Dylan's 1965 U.K. Tour is released as film "Don't Look Back"
1966 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1963 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in New York, to become WWF champ
1963 U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1962 Marin County withdraws from BART district
1961 Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
1960 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park, California
1959 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122
1958 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
1958 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
1957 Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)
1955 Dutch Government of Drees resigns
1954 Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
1954 School desegregation law, Brown vs. Board of education
1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
1953 Yankees and Browns use record 41 players in a game
1952 78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
1949 British government recognizes Republic of Ireland
1948 Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha and Telel-Kadi
1948 Soviet Union recognized Israel
1947 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 148 performances
1946 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
1946 President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
1945 2 U.S. P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu
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
1942 Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler
1941 Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
1940 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
1940 Nazi's bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance
1939 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
1938 Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
1938 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
1937 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
1932 Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
1930 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
1928 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
1927 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
1926 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord in Canton
1926 German government of Marx takes power
1925 Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker gets his 3,000th hit
1924 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2
1923 Fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School (SC)
1921 Belgian-Luxembourg sign customs union
1921 President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
1920 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
1920 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
1916 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings), 1st introduced
1915 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
1915 Last liberal British government of Asquith falls
1915 National Baptist Convention chartered
1911 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
1910 Canada sets the designs for the 1 cent -50 cent coins
1909 White firemen on Georgia RR strike to protest hiring blacks
1906 Switzerland's Simpion Tunnel open to rail traffic
1905 Waseda University of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
1904 Maurice Ravel's "Sheherazade," premieres in Paris
1903 Cleveland Indians beat New York Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
1900 British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
1899 Victoria and Albert Museum foundation laid England
1898 Camp Merritt forms in Presidio
1895 W G Grace completes his 100th 100 vs. Somerset at Bristol
1894 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49
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
1884 Alaska becomes a U.S. territory
1883 Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
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
1877 Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm
1876 7th U.S. Cavalry under Custer leaves Ft. Lincoln
1875 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
1872 Bohemian Club incorporated
1871 Indians fighter General Sherman escapes in ambulance vs Comanches
1864 Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
1863 Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1862 Battle of Princeton, West Virginia, ends, about 128 casualities
1853 Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
1849 Fire destroy Centrum in St. Louis Missouri
1848 Premier earl Schimmelpenninck resigns
1846 Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax
1845 Rubber band patents
1814 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day)
1814 Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll
1809 Papal States annexed by France
1804 Lewis and Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase
1803 John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1794 Hard frost in southern New England
1792 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
1787 English slave ship Sisters, from Africa to Cuba, capsizes
1756 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French and Indian War)
1750 Tax revolt in Gorinchem
1744 French army takes Austrian Netherlands
1742 Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians
1733 England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions
1712 Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as "sovereign of Netherlands"
1678 King Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
1673 Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
1672 Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)
1648 Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria
1631 Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg
1630 Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
1620 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
1579 Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian
1544 Scottish earl Matthew van Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII
1536 Anne Boleyns 4 "lovers" executed
1527 Panfilo de Narvaez departs to explore Florida
1525 Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels
884 St. Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
352 Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I
218 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet