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Notable Historical Events for May 17th

1544Scot Earl Matthew Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII

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

1536Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed

1989Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

1881Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Wash DC

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

1964Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational

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

1942Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler

1959Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

May 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on May 17th

1903James "cool papa" Bell, Starkville, Mississippi, baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game (d. 1991)

1965Trent Reznor, musician (9 Inch Nails)

1490Albert of Prussia, Ansbach, 1st Duke of Prussia

1961Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Gweedore, County Donegal, Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain)

May 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on May 17th

1947NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny

1763Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris

1997Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London

1923Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany

May 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on May 17th

2012Donna Summer, American singer, dies from lung cancer at 63

1694Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46

1829John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)

1886John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82

May 17th Deaths
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