May 17: Day of the Week
May 17, 2020 was the 138th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 228 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
- 1642Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
- 1775American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Quebec.
- 1865The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.
- 1900Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
- 1914The Protocol of Corfu is signed recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty.
- 1940World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
- 1954The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
- 1969Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
- 1974Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Thirty-three civilians are killed when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explodes car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1551Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (d. 1601)
- 1718Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician (d. 1778)
- 1888Tich Freeman, English cricketer (d. 1965)
- 1891Napoleon Zervas, Greek general and resistance leader during World War II (d. 1957)
- 1895Saul Adler FRS, Russian-born British-Israeli expert on parasitology (d. 1966)
- 1934Friedrich-Wilhelm Kiel, German politician
- 1950Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician (d. 2008)
- 1962Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor and comedian
- 1973Steve Barakatt, Canadian composer
- 1978Paddy Kenny, Irish football goalkeeper
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