May 17 is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year. There are many great and memorable events that have occurred on on this day, these are just a few.

  • May 17 is also known as:
    • Honor our LBGT Elders Day
      • This is a day to celebrate the elders of the LBGT community and the contributions that they have made to society.
      • This day was submitted by Nate Sweeney in 2015
      • You can celebrate this day by using #HonorOurLBGTEldersDay to post on social media.
    • National Cherry Cobbler Day
      • Cherry Cobbler is a popular dessert in the United States, and is usually eaten with ice cream.
      • Cobbler originated in the British American Colonies
      • Celebrate Cherry Cobbler Day by using #CherryCobblerDay to post on social media.
    • National Pack Rat Day
      • Pack Rat is another name for a hoarder.
      • Many issues can arise from hoarding, including cluttered homes and yards, which can lead to some severe health issues.
      • Celebrate this day by attempting to help a hoarder, however be careful as many hoarders do not want anyone going through their belongings.
  • Major Events
    • On May 17 1849 A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.
    • On May 17 1875  Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
    • On May 17 1939 The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States’ first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.
    • On May 17 1940 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
    • On May 17 1940 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.
    • On May 17 1946 US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation’s railroads to delay a strike
    • On May 17 1954 The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
    • On May 17 1980 – General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.
    • On May 17 1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
    • On May 17 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.
    • On May 17 2004 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
    • On May 17 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.
  • Birthdays
    • Bob Saget (60)
    • Derek Hough (31)
    • Nikki Reed (28)
    • Tony Parker (34)
    • Tahj Mowry (30)
    • Matt Ryan (31)
    • Enya (55)
    • Jordan Knight (46)
    • Craig Ferguson (54)
    • Daniel Curtis Lee (25)
    • Carlos Pena (38)
    • Sugar Ray Leonard (60)
    • Bill Paxton (61)
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