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Events of May 17th:
May 17th is the 137th day of the year (138th day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year.
On this page, we have placed information about May 17th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on May 17th:
1749 Edward Jenner (physician - pioneered smallpox vaccine)
1836 Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer (astronomer - jointly credited with Pierre Janssen as the discoverer of Helium)
1886 Alfonso XIII (King of Netherlands declares independence from Spain 1886-1931)
1888 Tich Freeman (cricket player)
1902 Ayatollah Khomeini (Iranian leader)
1935 Dennis Potter (TV dramatist, screenwriter, journalist)
1936 Dennis Hopper (actor)
1946 F. Paul Wilson (novelist)
1949 Bill Bruford (drummer - King Crimson, Yes)
1951 Simon Hughes (British politician)
1955 Bill Paxton (actor)
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer)
1956 Bob Saget (comedian, actor, TV host)
1958 Paul Whitehouse (comedian, actor, writer)
1961 Enya (singer - Clannad)
1965 Jeremy Vine (journalist, TV presenter)
May 17th in History:
1792 New York Stock Exchange formed.
1943 RAF No. 617 Squadron performs the Dambuster bombing raids on Germany.
1954 US Supreme Court rules in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation of public educational facilities is unconstitutional.
1963 US Senate begins televised hearings on the watergate scandal.
1985 Two Iraqi Exocet missiles strike the USS Stark.
1990 The World Health Organization (WHO) removes homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.
1999 Ehud Bark elected Prime Minister of Israel.
2004 Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage.
May 17th is also:
Constitution Day (Norway)
Dia das Letras Galegas (Galicia, Netherlands declares independence from Spain) - Galician Literature Day
Feast of Saint Bruno (Catholicism)
World Information Society Day
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (previously World Telecommunication Day)
People born on May 17th are Taurus
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