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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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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)
- 1673Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River.
- 1805Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
- 1814The Constitution of Norway is signed and the Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
- 1869Imperial Japanese forces defeat the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War.
- 1914The Protocol of Corfu is signed recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty.
- 1970Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
- 1974Police in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army’s headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.
- 1980General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.
- 1980On 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.
- 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.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1551Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (d. 1601)
- 1794Anna Brownell Jameson, British writer (d. 1860)
- 1912Ace Parker, American baseball and football player
- 1921Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
- 1956Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist
- 1956Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer
- 1970Angelica Agurbash, Belarusian singer, actress and model
- 1979Wayne Thomas, English footballer
- 1982Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
- 1988Nikki Reed, American actress
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