May 17th Events

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May 17th, 2007 (May 17 2007)EventTrains 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.
May 17th, 2006 (May 17 2006)EventThe aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
May 17th, 2004 (May 17 2004)EventMassachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
May 17th, 2000 (May 17 2000)EventIn the Philippines an 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 17th, 1997 (May 17 1997)EventTroops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
May 17th, 1995 (May 17 1995)EventAfter 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France.
May 17th, 1994 (May 17 1994)EventMalawi holds its first multiparty elections.
May 17th, 1992 (May 17 1992)EventIn Thailand, the so-called Black May begins. Thai police and protesters start attacking one another. By midnight, the current Thai government declares a state of emergency, and military troops open fire.
May 17th, 1990 (May 17 1990)Eventthe WHO takes Homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses.
May 17th, 1987 (May 17 1987)EventAn Iraqi fighter jet fires two missiles into the U.S. warship USS Stark (FFG-31), killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew.
May 17th, 1984 (May 17 1984)EventPrince 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 17th, 1983 (May 17 1983)EventU.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world s largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds), in response to Appalachian Observer s Freedom of Information Act request.
May 17th, 1983 (May 17 1983)EventLebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
May 17th, 1980 (May 17 1980)EventGeneral Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations. Martial Quotes
May 17th, 1980 (May 17 1980)EventOn the eve of presidential elections, Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho, starting the Internal conflict in Peru.
May 17th, 1974 (May 17 1974)EventPolice in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army s headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall. Bion Quotes
May 17th, 1974 (May 17 1974)EventThirty-three people are killed by terrorist bombings in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland.
May 17th, 1973 (May 17 1973)EventWatergate scandal: Hearings begin in the United States Senate and are televised.
May 17th, 1970 (May 17 1970)EventThor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
May 17th, 1969 (May 17 1969)EventVenera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
May 17th, 1967 (May 17 1967)EventSix-Day War: President Abdul Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.
May 17th, 1963 (May 17 1963)EventBruno 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 professional wrestling history.
May 17th, 1954 (May 17 1954)EventThe United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
May 17th, 1943 (May 17 1943)EventThe United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania s Moore School to develop the ENIAC.
May 17th, 1943 (May 17 1943)EventWorld War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.
May 17th, 1940 (May 17 1940)EventWorld War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
May 17th, 1940 (May 17 1940)EventWorld 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 17th, 1933 (May 17 1933)EventVidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling - the national-socialist party of Norway.
May 17th, 1927 (May 17 1927)EventU.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
May 17th, 1919 (May 17 1919)EventWar Department (UK) orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes.
May 17th, 1915 (May 17 1915)EventThe last British Liberal Party government (Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.Herbert Asquith Quotes
May 17th, 1902 (May 17 1902)EventGreek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
May 17th, 1900 (May 17 1900)EventSecond Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
May 17th, 1895 (May 17 1895)EventThe first Omonoia station of the Athens metro is inaugurated in Greece.
May 17th, 1875 (May 17 1875)EventAristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
May 17th, 1865 (May 17 1865)EventThe International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established.
May 17th, 1863 (May 17 1863)EventRosalia de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, her first book in the Galician language.
May 17th, 1860 (May 17 1860)EventGerman football club TSV 1860 Munchen is founded
May 17th, 1849 (May 17 1849)EventA fire threatens to burn St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
May 17th, 1814 (May 17 1814)EventOccupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
May 17th, 1814 (May 17 1814)EventThe Constitution of Norway is signed and the Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
May 17th, 1809 (May 17 1809)EventNapoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
May 17th, 1792 (May 17 1792)EventThe New York Stock Exchange is formed.
May 17th, 1775 (May 17 1775)EventAmerican Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
May 17th, 1673 (May 17 1673)EventLouis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River.
May 17th, 1642 (May 17 1642)EventPaul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612-1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montreal.
May 17th, 1590 (May 17 1590)EventAnne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
May 17th, 1521 (May 17 1521)EventEdward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.

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