May 17: Day of the Week
May 17, 2021 was the 137th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 228 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is lunes.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac 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.
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May 17 Historical Event(s)
- 1521Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
- 1809Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
- 1814The Constitution of Norway is signed and the Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
- 1849A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
- 1863Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
- 1940World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
- 1943The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School to develop the ENIAC.
- 1973Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
- 1983The 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.
- 2006The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1758John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (d. 1839)
- 1821Sebastian Kneipp, German naturopathist (d. 1897)
- 1897Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
- 1906Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (d. 1989)
- 1919Merle Miller, American biographer (d. 1986)
- 1947Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel (band))
- 1975Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
- 1982Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
- 1983Chris Henry, American football player (d. 2009)
- 1989Zach Daniels, American professional wrestler
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