May 17 in History
What happened on May 17 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on may 17 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on may 17 in history.
In 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.
The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education.
Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins the invasion of France.
Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville.
Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge.
Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.
Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
Britain declares war on France.
Louis XIV sends an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.
Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter’s surface.
Afghan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.