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 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.
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)
- 1590Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
- 1642Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
- 1792The New York Stock Exchange is formed.
- 1805Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
- 1865The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.
- 1900Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
- 1940World War II: the old city centre of the Dutch town of Middelburg is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland.
- 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.
- 1987An 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.
- 2006The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1888Tich Freeman, English cricketer (d. 1965)
- 1926Franz Sondheimer, German-born British chemist (d. 1981)
- 1939Gary Paulsen, American author
- 1950Valeria Novodvorskaya, Russian politician, dissident, founder and chairwoman of the Democratic Union party
- 1959Marcelo Loffreda, Argentine rugby player and coach
- 1964Stratos Apostolakis, Greek footballer
- 1965Paige Turco, American actress
- 1976José Guillén, Dominican baseball player
- 1978Carlos Peña, Dominican baseball player
- 1983Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
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