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199238th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Betsy King

1981Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

1970Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

18767th US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer leaves Ft Lincoln

1897The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland

1871Indian fighter General William T. Sherman escapes Comanches in an ambulance

1881Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Wash DC

1989Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

1942Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler

1742Battle of Chotusitz: Frederick II and Prussia defeat the Austrians

1536Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed

1959Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

199844th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

197628th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

1964Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational

1544Scot Earl Matthew Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII

May 17th Historical Events
Date Event
218
7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet 
352
Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I 
884
St Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
1521
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason. 
1525
Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels 
1527
Pánfilo de Narváez departs to Spain explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive 
1536
Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed 
1544
Scot Earl Matthew Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII 
1579
Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian 
1590
Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland. 
1620
1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey) 
1630
Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface 
1631
Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg 
1648
Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria 
1672
Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada) 
1673
Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi 
1712
Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as "sovereign of Netherlands" 
1733
England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions 
1742
Battle of Chotusitz: Frederick II and Prussia defeat the Austrians 
1744
French army takes Austrian Netherlands 
1750
-18] Tax revolt in Gorinchem 
1756
Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War) 
1775
American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada. 
1787
English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds 
1792
24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street 
1794
Hard frost in southern New England 
1803
John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine 
1804
Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase 
1809
Papal States annexed by France 
1814
Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day) 
1814
Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll 
1814
Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian. 
1845
Rubber band patents 
1848
Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck resigns as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Netherlands 
1849
Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis Missouri 
1853
Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election 
1859
Australian Rules Football first 'laws of the game' published 
1860
German football club TSV 1860 München is founded 
1862
Battle of Princeton WV, ends, about 128 casualities 
1863
Battle of Big Black River Bridge, MS 
1863
Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, her first book in the Galician language. 
1864
Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat 
1865
The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established. 
1871
Indian fighter General William T. Sherman escapes Comanches in an ambulance 
1872
Bohemian Club incorporated in San Francisco 
1875
1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75 
1876
7th US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer leaves Ft Lincoln 
1877
Edwin T Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm 
1881
7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40 
1881
Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Wash DC 
1881
Revised version of New Testament 
1883
Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha 
1884
Alaska becomes a US territory 
1890
Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel" premieres in NYC 
1890
Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London 
1890
Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi 
1894
19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25 
1895
W G Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol 
1897
The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland 
1898
Camp Merritt forms in Presidio [see 0503] 
1899
Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid, London, England 
1900
British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony) 
1900
In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed. 
1902
Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer. 
1903
Cleve Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio 
1904
Maurice Ravel's "Shéhérazade" premieres in Paris 
1905
Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball 
1906
Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic 
1909
White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks 
1910
Canada sets the designs for the 1-50 cent coins 
1911
36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51 
1915
40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58 
1915
Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever 
1915
Last liberal British government of Asquith falls 
1915
National Baptist Convention chartered 
1916
British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced 
1919
War Department (UK) orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes. 
1920
1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol 
1920
1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij) 
1921
Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union 
1921
US President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show 
1923
Fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School (SC) 
1924
50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2 
1925
Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker gets his 3,000th hit 
1926
Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme warlord in Canton 
1926
German government of Marx takes power 
1927
Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings 
1927
U.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania 
1928
9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam 
1930
56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6 
1932
US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico" 
1933
Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway. 
1937
Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier 
1938
US Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy 
1938
Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network 
1939
1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball 
1940
Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France 
1940
Nazis bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance 
1941
Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack 
1942
Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler 
1943
The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the ENIAC. 
1943
World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams. 
1944
-18] Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java 
1944
Chinese/US arm forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma 
1944
General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th 
1944
Operation Straightline: Allies land in Neth New-Guinea 
1945
2 US P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu 
1946
KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections 
1946
US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike 
1947
"Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances 
1948
Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi 
1948
Soviet Union recognized Israel 
1949
British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State) 
1952
78th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4 
1953
Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open 
1953
Yanks & Browns use record 41 players in a game 
1954
Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision 
1955
Dutch government of Drees resigns 
1957
Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC) 
1957
School desegregation law, Brown v Board of education 
1958
84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2 
1958
Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria 
1959
Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122 
1960
1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park CA 
1961
Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers 
1962
Marin County withdraws from BART district 
1963
Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ 
1963
Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1 
1963
US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site 
1964
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational 
1964
Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s 
1966
KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1967
Dylan's 1965 UK Tour is released as film "Don't Look Back" 
1967
The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue prohibiting the teaching of evolution, is repealed after 42 years 
1968
European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite 
1968
Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game 
1968
US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site 
1969
"My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92 
1969
95th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6 
1969
Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL 
1969
Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus 
1970
Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits 
1970
Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament 
1971
Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway 
1971
Washington State bans sex discrimination 
1972
Neth & China PR exchange ambassadors 
1972
Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London 
1972
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce) 
1973
"Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances 
1973
Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run 
1973
Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings 
1973
Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love" 
1973
US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado 
1973
Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's 
1973
Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone 
1974
Bayern Munchen wins 20th Europe Cup 1 at Brussels 
1974
Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 15th String quartet 
1974
The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)explode four bombs in the Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians and wounded a further 300(This is the highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles") 
1975
"Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79 
1975
101st Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4 
1975
10CC releases "I'm Not in Love" 
1975
Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches 
1975
NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time 
1976
28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win 
1976
Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands killed 
1977
Menahem Begins Likoed-party wins election in Israel 
1978
Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run 
1979
-12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record) 
1979
Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation 
1979
Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs 
1980
106th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2 
1980
Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours 
1980
Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured 
1980
Paul & Linda McCartney appear on Saturday Night Live 
1981
"Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances 
1981
Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff 
1981
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic 
1983
Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty 
1983
Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games 
1984
Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning 
1984
Mai Shanley, 21, (NM), crowned 33rd Miss USA 
1984
Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture. 
1985
Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska 
1986
"Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hit #1 on the UK pop chart 
1986
112th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8 
1987
"Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances 
1987
Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic 
1987
USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die 
1989
Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000! 
1989
Napoli wins 18th UEFA Cup in Stuttgart 
1989
Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa 
1990
Cheers' star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI 
1990
Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71 
1990
European court rules pension rights for both men & women 
1990
WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann 
1990
World Health Organisation takes Homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses. 
1991
Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe 
1992
38th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Betsy King 
1992
Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone & Fisk) 
1993
Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled 
1994
Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election 
1996
Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe 
1996
Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs 
1997
123rd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54 
1997
WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom 
1997
Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa. 
1998
44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak 
1998
David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins 
2000
In the Philippines an explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade. 
2001
President Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production 
2004
Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage 
2005
40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban wins 
2006
The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef 
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. 
2008
134th Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80 
2013
90 people are killed and 200 are injured after a series of bombings across Iraq 
2014
Atlético Madrid win the 2013—14 La Liga 
2014
Arsenal defeats Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup Final 
2014
Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013—14 DFB-Pokal 
2014
California Chrome wins the 2014 Preakness Stakes 
2016
Warren Buffett reveals $1bn Apple stake 
2016
First penis transplant in the US 
2016
Nicola Sturgeon to be confirmed as Scottish first minister 
2016
Sinead O'Connor found safe after going missing in Chicago area - police 
2017
Trump's disclosure endangered spy placed inside ISIS by Israel, officials say 
2017
Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation 
2017
Katy Perry will judge the reboot of 'American Idol' on ABC 
2017
Information Trump shared with Russians came from Israel, official says 
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