May 17: Day of the Week
May 17, 2018 was the 137th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 228 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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.
- 1814Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
- 1849A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
- 1863Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
- 1902Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
- 1914The Protocol of Corfu is signed recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty.
- 1915The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
- 1954The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
- 1970Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
- 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.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1918A. C. Lyles, American film producer
- 1931Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader of Heaven’s Gate (d. 1997)
- 1950Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
- 1953Luca Prodan, Italian-Scottish singer and musician (Sumo, Hurlingham Reggae Band)
- 1963Jon Koncak, American basketball player
- 1971Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
- 1975Cheick Kongo, French martial artist
- 1979Wayne Thomas, English footballer
- 1981Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
- 1986Tahj Mowry, American actor
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