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Interesting Facts about May 17th

Updated on March 31, 2012

May 17th facts, events and pictures

The purpose of this lens is to share as many interesting facts and figures relating to May 17th.

I have added some of the more interesting facts. I will continue to add more as I find them or as they happen.

Is this date important or have significance for you? If it is, feel free to post your experience or real life story to our guestbook which is situated towards the bottom of the page.

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Tauruses born on May 17 enjoy the pursuit of excellence. They are intelligent though not showy about what they know; for this reason they may not be perceived as especially brilliant by others. And that's fine, since they are not concerned with how their actions are perceived by others.

Source .Jill M. Phillips

Historical Events

1792: A number of merchants and brokers agreed to establish what is now known as the New York Stock Exchange.

1865: Thomas Cook begins conducted tours to the continent - the first overseas 'package holiday'.

1875: The first running of the Kentucky Derby took place at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY.The race was won by Aristides rode by Jockey Oliver Lewis.

1902: Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.It is believed to have been built about 150-100 BC, 13 hundred years before mechanical astronomical clocks appeared in Europe

Today is World Information Society Day

1932: The U.S. Congress changed the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico."

1939: The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the first-ever televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.

1973: Televised.Hearings begin in the United States Senate regarding the Watergate scandal

1974: Terrorist bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland. Thirty-three people are killed. The loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force later admitted carrying out the bombings

1978: Charlie Chaplin's stolen body found . His body had been missing since his grave was robbed 11 weeks earlier ( right picture)

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Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

1987 An Iraqi fighter jet fires two missiles into the U.S. warship USS Stark killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew. ( right picture)

2004: Massachusetts became the first US state to sanction gay marriage on this date. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples received licenses and were married.

2007: For the first time since 1953 trains crossed the Demilitarized Zone from North and South Korea.

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Today is World Hypertension Day

Born on this day

1900 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Grand Ayatollah Imam Sayyed Ruhollah Mousavi Khomeini) 1900 leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran.

1935 - Dennis Potter English writer best known for critically acclaimed BBC television The Singing Detective. It ranks 20th on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes

1936 - Dennis Hopper American actor and director. He directed, co wrote and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

1956 - Sugar Ray Leonard American professional boxer. Considered to be one of the best boxers of all time. Winner of the 1976 Olympic Gold Medal in the Light Welterweight division he went on to win world titles at a number of differant weights

1970 - Jordan Knight Amercan singer best known as a singer in the boy band, New Kids on the Block. The band sold over 80 million records worldwide. The band disbanded in 1994, reuniting in 2007 and recorded a new record

In the Gregorian calendar May 17th is the 137th day of the year(138 in leap years)


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1964 Steve Owen NY Giants Head Coach, 1930-531510 Sandro Botticelli Italian painter1935  Paul Dukas French composer -  The Sorcerer's Apprentice1985 Abe Burrows Co-Author, Guys and Dolls1727 Catherine I Empress of Russia, 1725-27
1964 Steve Owen NY Giants Head Coach, 1930-53
1964 Steve Owen NY Giants Head Coach, 1930-53
1510 Sandro Botticelli Italian painter
1510 Sandro Botticelli Italian painter
1935  Paul Dukas French composer -  The Sorcerer's Apprentice
1935 Paul Dukas French composer - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
1985 Abe Burrows Co-Author, Guys and Dolls
1985 Abe Burrows Co-Author, Guys and Dolls
1727 Catherine I Empress of Russia, 1725-27
1727 Catherine I Empress of Russia, 1725-27

Today is Navy Day in Argentina

Today is National Famine Memorial Day in Ireland

Feast Days

The calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organizing a liturgical year by associating each day with one or more saints and referring to the day as that saint's feast day. Today is feast day for the following saints:

St. Adrio

St. Thethmar

St. Cathan

St. Heradius

St. Madern

St. Maiduif

St. Restituta

St. Paschal Baylon

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      outsource123 7 years ago

      Cheers, that lense was pure awesome.