What happened this day in history May 17

What are the important events that happened on May 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 17 is the 137th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 4, 2022 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 459,096 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontaheptagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 250 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,434 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 17 Historical Events

  • 1521
    Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
  • 1673
    Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River.
  • 1792
    The New York Stock Exchange is formed.
  • 1809
    Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
  • 1875
    Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
  • 1902
    Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
  • 1943
    The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School to develop the ENIAC.
  • 1974
    Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Thirty-three civilians are killed when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explodes car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.
  • 1974
    Police in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army’s headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.
  • 2004
    Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Who were born on May 17?

  • 1768
    Caroline of Brunswick, German-born Queen consort of George IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1821)
  • 1836
    Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (d. 1900)
  • 1886
    King Alfonso XIII of Spain (d. 1941)
  • 1906
    Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (d. 1989)
  • 1941
    Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • 1963
    Page McConnell, American musician and songwriter (Phish)
  • 1971
    Shaun Hart, Australian footballer
  • 1976
    Leehom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • 1988
    Nikki Reed, American actress
  • 1989
    Zach Daniels, American professional wrestler

Who died on May 17?

  • 1536
    Francis Weston, English courtier and Gentleman of the Privy Chamber (executed) (b. 1511)
  • 1536
    William Brereton, English courtier and Groom of the Privy Chamber (executed)
  • 1727
    Empress Catherine I of Russia (b. 1684)
  • 1801
    William Heberden, English physician (b. 1710)
  • 1916
    Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (b. 1862)
  • 1917
    Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke, ruler of Sarawak (b. 1829)
  • 1974
    Ernest Nash, German-born archaeologist (b. 1898)
  • 1999
    Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • 2002
    Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)

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