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.
- 1590Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
- 1805Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
- 1809Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
- 1849A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
- 1869Imperial Japanese forces defeat the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War.
- 1933Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
- 1974Police in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army’s headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.
- 1980General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.
- 2006The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
Who were born on May 17?
- 1891Napoleon Zervas, Greek general and resistance leader during World War II (d. 1957)
- 1898Alfred Joseph Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)
- 1939Gary Paulsen, American author
- 1952Howard Hampton, Canadian politician
- 1955Bill Paxton, American actor and film director
- 1961Enya, Irish singer and songwriter
- 1970Matt Lindland, American mixed martial arts fighter
- 1981Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
- 1981Lim Jeong Hee, Korean singer
- 1983Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
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