May 17 in History – What happened on 17 May in Past

17 May - Today in History - Important historical events happened on this day in India and World History

According to Gregory calendar, on May 17, the day number in a year is 137 and if it is a leap year then the day number is 138. May 17 has a special significance in India and world history, because many such incidents have occurred on this day which have been recorded forever in the pages of history. Let's know some such important events which will increase your general knowledge. The facts collected will be as follows: People born on this day, demise of famous people, war treaty, freedom of any country, invention of new technologies, change of power, important National and International Day etc.

May 17 in History - Top Historical Events

YearEvent / Incidence / Incident
1498The Bharatiya Janata Party got an absolute majority in the 16th Lok Sabha election. The Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the single largest party with 282 seats in the 16th Lok Sabha election.
1521English nobleman Edward Stafford, whose father had beenbeheaded for rebelling against King Richard III, was himself executedfor treason against King Henry VIII.
1590Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen consort of Scotland in theabbey church at Holyrood Palace.
1642The Société Notre-Dame de Montréal founded a permanentmission known as Ville-Marie, whicheventually grew into the city of Montreal.
1742Battle of Chutzitz: Frederick II and Persia defeated the Ostries.
1744French King Louis XV declared war on Britain.
1756Portugal's famous investigative sailor Vasco da Gama first arrived near Calicut.
1782The Parliament of Great Britain passed the repeal of the Act to secure the dependence of the Ireland Act.
1792Twenty-four stock brokers signed the Buttonwood Agreement toestablish the New York Stock Exchange.
1792From the beginning of the New York Stock Exchange, the Buttonwood Agreement was signed.
1814The Constitution of Norway was signed and Christian Frederick was elected the new King of Norway by the Constituent Assembly of Norway.
1857Britain declares war against France.
1863Rosalía de Castro published Cantares gallegos, a collection of her poetry, the first book in the Galician language.
1865The International Telecommunication Union, an internationalorganization that standardizes and regulates international radio andtelecommunications, was founded as the International Telegraph Union inParis.
1865Bahadur Shah was declared the second Mughal emperor.
1865International Telegraph Union was established.
1884Alaska was merged into an American territory.
1900Three Chinese villages within 100 miles of Peking were burned by Boxers in China, killing 60 Chinese and Christian citizens.
1902The Antikythera mechanism, the oldest known surviving gearedmechanism, was discovered among artifacts retrieved from a shipwreck offthe Greek island of Antikythera.
1909The first Giro d \ tallia bicycle race began in the city of Milan, with Luigi Sugarcane winning.
1914Albania officially recognized the area of Northern Epirus as anautonomous region with in the Albanian state, which was never established due to World War I.
1933Norwegian fascist party Nasjonal Samling was founded on May 17, 1933 by Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort. It made a huge impact on Norwegian politics despite the fact that it never achieved more than 2.5% of the votes and finally dissolved in 1945.
1954The US Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing racial segregation in public schools because 'separate educational facilities are inherently unequal'.
1970Celebration of World Communication Day began.
1973The Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities began televised hearing on Watergate scandal on May 17, 1973 in Washington D.C.
1974The Ulster Volunteer Force detonated four car bombs on May 17, 1974 in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians and injuring 300. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the Republic’s history.
1975Thor Hairdal began the journey from Morocco on this day and crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 57 days.
1976The bombings in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland, killed 28 people.
1978Japanese lady Mrs. Junko Taibei became the first woman to climb Mount Everest.
1980South Korean Army General Chun Doo-hwan expanded martial law across country on May 17, 1980 and seized control of government. He later became the President of South Korea on 1st September 1980.
1980On the eve of the Peruvian general election, the Maoistguerrilla group Shining Path attacked a polling location in the town ofChuschi, Ayacucho, starting the internal conflict in Peru.
1983May 17 agreement was signed by the United States, Israel and Lebanon in 1983 to create peace between Lebanon and Israel. This agreement turned as a failure because it faced strong opposition from Lebanese Muslims and it was assumed as an imposed surrender.
1983The stolen coffin of famous comedian Charlie Chaplin was discovered. Charlie died in Switzerland in 1977 and is buried near Lake Geneva. But two thieves stole his coffin and demanded four lakh pounds in exchange for it.
1990The General Assembly of the World Health Organization removed Homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases on May 17, 1990. India is one of those countries where homosexuality is illegal.
1994First multi party Malawian General Elections were held on May 17, 1994. Malawi Congress Party was defeated by the United Democratic Front, winning both the elections for President and the National Assembly and thus ended 30 year rule of the MCP.
1995After 18 years as Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac wasinaugurated as President of France.
2004Massachusetts became the first US state to issue same-sex marriage licence on May 17, 2004. Massachusetts is the sixth place in the world to legalize same-sex marriage after the Netherland, Belgium, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
2004Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sexmarriage.
2004Massachusetts became the first US state to legalize gay marriage.
2007Trains from North Korea and South Korea crossed the 38th Parallel in a test run on 17th May with the permission from both governments. This was the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
2009Dalia Grybauskaite was elected the first female President ofLithuania, receiving 68.18 percent of the vote.
2010A peace treaty was signed between Israel and Lebanon.
2013Indian boxers won all six gold medals of the Commonwealth Boxing Championship.
2014The right-wing Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, won the general election in India on May 17, 2014 with 336 seats out of 543 seats. It was the first time it has achieved a majority in the Lok Sabha without any alliance.



Famous Birthdays of May 17:

YearName / Profession / Country
1956Bob Saget / Actor / United States of America
1965Jeremy Vine / Author / United Kingdom
1873Henri Barbusse / Journalist / France
1971Mark Connors / Rugby Player / Australia
1873Dorothy Richardson / Author / United Kingdom
1985Christine Nesbitt / Speed Skater / Canada
1950Howard Ashman / Composer / United States of America
1989Mose Masoe / Rugby Player / New Zealand
1794Anna Brownell Jameson / Author / United Kingdom
1937Hazel R. O'Leary / Politician / United States of America
1961Justin King / Business Man / United Kingdom
1954Michael Roberts / Jockey / South Africa
1962Rosalind Picard / Scientist / United States of America
1836Virginie Loveling / Poet / Belgium
1990Guido Pella / Tennis Player / Argentina
1863Léon Gérin / Lawyer / Canada
1990Fabian Giefer / Footballer / Germany
1923Michael Beetham / Pilot / United Kingdom
1919Merle Miller / Author / United States of America
1866Erik Satie / Painist / France
1955David Townsend / Writer / United States of America
1946Udo Lindenberg / Singer / Germany
1973Josh Homme / Writer / United States of America
1889Dorothy Gibson / Actress / United States of America
1950Alan Johnson / Politician / United Kingdom
1982Dan Hardy / Martial Artist / United Kingdom
1932Peter Burge / Cricketer / Australia
1551Martin Delrio / Occultist / Belgium
1874George Sheldon / Diver / United States of America
1929Branko Zebec / Footballer / Yugoslavia

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