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Sunday May 17, 2020

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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1536
    George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford and four other men are executed for treason.
  • 1642
    Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
  • 1792
    The New York Stock Exchange is formed.
  • 1865
    The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.
  • 1875
    Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
  • 1933
    Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
  • 1943
    World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.
  • 1974
    Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Thirty-three civilians are killed when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explodes car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.
  • 1987
    An 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.
  • 1992
    Three 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?

  • 1718
    Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician (d. 1778)
  • 1749
    Edward Jenner, English medical researcher (d. 1823)
  • 1768
    Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general (d. 1854)
  • 1895
    Mary Josephine Ray, Canadian supercentenarian (d. 2010)
  • 1937
    Hazel R. O'Leary, 7th United States Secretary of Energy
  • 1941
    Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • 1946
    F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
  • 1975
    Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
  • 1984
    Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
  • 1986
    Tahj Mowry, American actor

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