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 138th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 4, 2024 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,715,904,000 seconds 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 ‘hectatriacontaoctagon’ day.

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 257 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 4,165 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 17 Historical Events

  • 1536
    George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford and four other men are executed for treason.
  • 1590
    Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
  • 1642
    Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
  • 1809
    Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
  • 1915
    The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
  • 1939
    The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States’ first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.
  • 1967
    Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown that results in 52 officially confirmed deaths, many disappearances, hundreds of injuries, and over 3,500 arrests.
  • 2006
    The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.

Who were born on May 17?

  • 1768
    Caroline of Brunswick, German-born Queen consort of George IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1821)
  • 1821
    Sebastian Kneipp, German naturopathist (d. 1897)
  • 1844
    Julius Wellhausen, German biblical scholar (d. 1918)
  • 1888
    Tich Freeman, English cricketer (d. 1965)
  • 1921
    Dennis Brain, English French horn player (d. 1957)
  • 1959
    Marcelo Loffreda, Argentine rugby player and coach
  • 1962
    Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor and comedian
  • 1966
    Hill Harper, American actor
  • 1988
    Nikki Reed, American actress
  • 1991
    Daniel Curtis Lee, American actor

Who died on May 17?

  • 1336
    Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288)
  • 1521
    Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician (b. 1478)
  • 1536
    Henry Norris, English courtier and Groom of the Stool (executed) (b. c. 1482)
  • 1536
    Mark Smeaton, English courtier and musician (executed) (b. c. 1512)
  • 1575
    Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1504)
  • 1727
    Empress Catherine I of Russia (b. 1684)
  • 1919
    Guido von List, German occult author (b. 1848)
  • 1927
    Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884)
  • 1995
    Hector “Toe” Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and NHL coach (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)

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