May 17: Day of the Week
May 17, 2019 was the 137th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 228 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 1805Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
- 1814Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
- 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.
- 1902Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
- 1933Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
- 1954The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
- 1983Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
- 1987An Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1 fighter jet fires two missiles into the U.S. Navy warship USS Stark, killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew.
- 1992Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown that results in 52 officially confirmed deaths, many disappearances, hundreds of injuries, and over 3,500 arrests.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1836Virginie Loveling, Belgian writer and poet (d. 1923)
- 1886King Alfonso XIII of Spain (d. 1941)
- 1926Franz Sondheimer, German-born British chemist (d. 1981)
- 1941David Cope, American composer and author
- 1956Bob Saget, American actor
- 1970Angelica Agurbash, Belarusian singer, actress and model
- 1970Hubert Davis, American basketball player
- 1978Carlos Peña, Dominican baseball player
- 1981Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
- 1982Matt Cassel, American football player
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