The following events took place on May 17. The list is arranged in chronological order.
Found 53 events. Showing 1 - 30.
- 1395Battle of Rovine, Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army.
- 1521Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
- 1536George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford and four other men are executed for treason.
- 1536The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage.
- 1590Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
- 1642Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
- 1673Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River.
- 1775American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Quebec.
- 1792The New York Stock Exchange is formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.
- 1805Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt.
- 1808Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.
- 1814Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
- 1814The Constitution of Norway is signed and Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.
- 1849A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
- 1859Members of the Melbourne Football Club codified the first rules of Australian rules football.
- 1863Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
- 1865The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.
- 1869Imperial Japanese forces defeat the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War.
- 1875Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
- 1900Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
- 1902Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
- 1914The Protocol of Corfu is signed, recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty.
- 1915The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.
- 1933Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
- 1939The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States’ first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.
- 1940World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
- 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.
- 1943World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.
- 1954The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
- 1967Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.
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