17 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Edward Jenner, 1749
  • Eric Satie, 1866
  • King Alfonso XIII of Spain, 1886
  • Ayatollah Khomeini, 1900
  • Jean Gabin, 1904
  • Clark Kerr, 1911
  • Maureen O'Sullivan, 1911
  • Archibald Cox, 1912
  • Birgit Nilsson, 1918
  • Dennis Hopper, 1936
  • Sugar Ray Leonard, 1956

Died On This Day:

  • Botticelli, 1510
  • Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, executed , 1521
  • Catherine I, Empress of Russia, 1727
  • John Jay, 1829
  • Prince Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, 1838
  • John Deere, 1886
  • Lilli Lehmann, 1929
  • Seabiscuit (race horse), 1947
  • Arthur 'Bugs' Baer, 1969
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1977
  • Selwyn Lloyd, 1978
  • Abe Burrows, 1985
  • Lawrence Welk, 1992
  • Tony Randall, 2004
  • Cy Feuer, 2006
  • Donna Summer, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1630 - The belts of the planet Jupiter first recognized.
  • 1692 - French fleet destroyed off Cap La Hague.
  • 1792 - 24 merchants meet in NY and agree to fix rates, eventually becoming New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1814 - Independence of Norway from Denmark proclaimed; constitution drawn at Eidsvold.
  • 1875 - First running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville; winner is Artistides.
  • 1881 - A revised version of the New Testament was issued.
  • 1899 - Foundation stone of the Victoria and Albert Museum laid by Queen Victoria.
  • 1900 - Boxer rebels in China burn three villages near Peking killing sixty Chinese Christians.
  • 1912 - Gas (liquefied petroleum gas) first used for cooking and heating on a farm in Waterford PA.
  • 1916 - British pass daylight saving time act.
  • 1920 - World's first commercial airline, KLM, formed 10/7/19, begins service from Amsterdam to London.
  • 1924 - MGM incorporated when Metro Pictures merges with the Goldwyn Corp. under Louis B. Mayer.
  • 1940 - Germany invades France. WWII
  • 1954 - Historic Supreme Court decision to desegregate schools; NAACP winner in Brown vs. Board of Education.
  • 1971 - State of Washington becomes first to enact legislation banning sex discrimination.
  • 1971 - 'Godspell' opens at Cherry Lane Theatre, New York.
  • 1973 - Watergate hearings commence, broadcast live on TV.
  • 1980 - Racial riots in Miami cause $100 million damage.
  • 1985 - Les Anderson catches the record chinook salmon weighing 97.4 lbs. in the Kenai River, Alaska.
  • 1990 - Renoir's 1876 painting 'At the Moulin de la Galette' sold for $78.1 million at Sotheby's N.Y.
  • 1990 - 16 page music manuscript by Ludwig van Beethoven of Sonata sold for record $892,000 in London.
  • 1995 - $16,548,750 paid for 100.10 carat diamond at Sotheby's, Geneva by Arab Sheik.
  • 2004 - Massachusetts begins issuing marriage licenses at midnight for gay couples; first State to do so.
  • 2009 - Civil War ends in Sri Lanka with defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels; 80,000 - 100,000 dead over 25 years.
  • 2011 - Bottle of Romanée-Conti 1945 becomes most expensive bottle of red wine ever sold - £76,132 at Christie's Geneva.
  • 2012 - Facebook goes public on Nasdaq with $104 billion evaluation, second largest IPO in history behind Visa..

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Bruno of Wurzburg
  • Madron or Madern
  • Paschal Baylon

Holiday:

  • Constitution Day (Independence Day) in Norway (1814)
  • UN World Telecommunications Day
  • Day of Plato

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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