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    World Map / This Day in History / What Happend on May 17

    May 17 in History

    1540Afgan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.
    1630Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter’s surface.
    1681Louis XIV sends and expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.
    1756Britain declares war on France.
    1792Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
    1814Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.
    1863Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge.
    1875The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville.
    1881Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
    1940Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins the invasion of France.
    1954The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education.
    1973The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.
    1987In the Persian Gulf the American guided missile frigate USS Stark is struck by 2 Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi aircraft; only one detonates, but 37 sailors are killed and 21 are wounded. Whether the launch was deliberate or a mistake is still debated.

    Born on May 17

    1444Sandro Botticelli, painter (The Birth of Venus).
    1749Edward Jenner, physician.
    1836Joseph Norman Lockyer, British astonomer, discovered helium.
    1866Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, French composer.
    1900Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader.
    1903James "Cool Papa" Bell, baseball player.
    1912Archibald Cox, special prosecutor in the Watergate hearings, fired by President Nixon.