May 17: Day of the Week
May 17, 2021 is the 137th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is lunes.
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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)
- 1642Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
- 1814Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
- 1849A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
- 1875Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
- 1915The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
- 1939The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States’ first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1994Malawi holds its first multi-party elections.
- 2006The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1895Mary Josephine Ray, Canadian supercentenarian (d. 2010)
- 1895Saul Adler FRS, Russian-born British-Israeli expert on parasitology (d. 1966)
- 1921Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
- 1941Ben Nelson. 40th Governor of Nebraska & United States Senator from Nebraska
- 1946F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
- 1956Bob Saget, American actor
- 1964Stratos Apostolakis, Greek footballer
- 1975Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
- 1980Davor Džalto, Serbian/Croatian art historian
- 1985Derek Hough, American dancer and singer
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