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    What happened on May 17 in History




    DateWhat happened
    May 17, 1540Afgan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.
    May 17, 1630Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter’s surface.
    May 17, 1681Louis XIV sends and expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.
    May 17, 1756Britain declares war on France.
    May 17, 1792Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
    May 17, 1814Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.
    May 17, 1863Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge.
    May 17, 1875The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville.
    May 17, 1881Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
    May 17, 1940Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins the invasion of France.
    May 17, 1954The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education.
    May 17, 1973The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.
    May 17, 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

    May 17, 1444Sandro Botticelli, painter (The Birth of Venus).
    May 17, 1749Edward Jenner, physician.
    May 17, 1836Joseph Norman Lockyer, British astonomer, discovered helium.
    May 17, 1866Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, French composer.
    May 17, 1900Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader.
    May 17, 1903James "Cool Papa" Bell, baseball player.
    May 17, 1912Archibald Cox, special prosecutor in the Watergate hearings, fired by President Nixon.