About May 17

May 17, 2021 is the 137th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 260 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 17

  • 1642
    Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Quebec.
  • 1805
    Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
  • 1809
    Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
  • 1814
    Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
  • 1849
    A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
  • 1863
    Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
  • 1869
    Imperial Japanese forces defeat the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War.
  • 1914
    The Protocol of Corfu is signed recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty.
  • 1940
    World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
  • 1954
    The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
  • 1970
    Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1973
    Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
  • 1974
    Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Thirty-three civilians are killed when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explodes car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.
  • 1980
    On the eve of presidential elections, Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho, starting the Internal conflict in Peru.
  • 1983
    Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • 1983
    The U.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world’s largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds), in response to the Appalachian Observer’s Freedom of Information Act request.
  • 2004
    Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • 2006
    The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
  • 2007
    Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.

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