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Friday May 17, 2019

May 17: Day of the Week

May 17, 2019 is the 137th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.

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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.
  • 1805
    Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
  • 1809
    Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
  • 1915
    The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
  • 1939
    The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States’ first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.
  • 1943
    The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School to develop the ENIAC.
  • 1954
    The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    The 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.
  • 2007
    Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.

Who were born on May 17?

  • 1443
    Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (d. 1460)
  • 1749
    Edward Jenner, English medical researcher (d. 1823)
  • 1836
    Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (d. 1900)
  • 1931
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader of Heaven’s Gate (d. 1997)
  • 1952
    Howard Hampton, Canadian politician
  • 1955
    Bill Paxton, American actor and film director
  • 1969
    Thom Filicia, American television personality
  • 1971
    Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
  • 1983
    Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
  • 1986
    Tahj Mowry, American actor

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