Today in History –May 17 in History

Today in History – May 17 in History

What happened on this day in history – May 17 in History around the world

1540 Afgan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.
1630 Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter’s surface.
1681 Louis XIV sends and expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.
1756 Britain declares war on France.
1792 Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
1814 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.
1863 Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge.
1875 The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville.
1881 Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
1940 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins the invasion of France.
1954 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education.
1973 The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.
1987 In the Persian Gulf the American guided missile frigate USS Stark is struck by 2 Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi aircraft; only one detonates, but 37 sailors are killed and 21 are wounded. Whether the launch was deliberate or a mistake is still debated.
Born on May 17
1444 Sandro Botticelli, painter (The Birth of Venus).
1749 Edward Jenner, physician.
1836 Joseph Norman Lockyer, British astonomer, discovered helium.
1866 Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, French composer.
1900 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader.
1903 James “Cool Papa” Bell, baseball player.
1912 Archibald Cox, special prosecutor in the Watergate hearings, fired by President Nixon.

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