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

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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)

  • 1849
    A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
  • 1875
    Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
  • 1940
    World 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.
  • 1967
    Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.
  • 1983
    Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa. Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 2004
    Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • 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?

  • 1768
    Caroline of Brunswick, German-born Queen consort of George IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1821)
  • 1918
    Birgit Nilsson, Swedish soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1919
    Merle Miller, American biographer (d. 1986)
  • 1931
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader of Heaven’s Gate (d. 1997)
  • 1934
    Friedrich-Wilhelm Kiel, German politician
  • 1935
    Dennis Potter, English writer (d. 1994)
  • 1953
    Luca Prodan, Italian-Scottish singer and musician (Sumo, Hurlingham Reggae Band)
  • 1957
    Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1975
    Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
  • 1980
    Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)

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