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Wednesday 17 May 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 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.
  • 2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.
  • 1994 – Malawi holds its first multi-party elections.
  • 1983 – Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • 1977 – Nolan Bushnell opened the first Chuck E. Cheese's in San Jose, California.
  • 1973 – Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
  • 1954 – The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
  • 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.
  • 1902 – Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
  • 1875 – Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.
  • 1863 – Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
  • 1859 – Members of the Melbourne Football Club codified the first rules of Australian rules football.

Births

  • 1988 – Nikki Reed, American actress, singer, and screenwriter
  • 1985 – Derek Hough, American actor, singer, and dancer
  • 1985 – Matt Ryan, American football player
  • 1985 – Todd Redmond, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Channing Frye, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Chris Henry, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1983 – Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Matt Cassel, American football player
  • 1982 – Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
  • 1978 – Carlos Peña, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1978 – John Foster, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – José Guillén, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1976 – Kandi Burruss, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1976 – Wang Leehom, American-Taiwanese singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director
  • 1974 – Eddie Lewis, American soccer player
  • 1973 – Josh Homme, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1970 – Hubert Davis, American basketball player and coach
  • 1970 – Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter and actor (New Kids on the Block)
  • 1970 – Matt Lindland, American mixed martial artist, wrestler, and politician
  • 1968 – Dave Abbruzzese, American rock drummer and songwriter (Pearl Jam)
  • 1966 – Danny Manning, American basketball player and coach
  • 1965 – Trent Reznor, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer
  • 1963 – Jon Koncak, American basketball player
  • 1963 – Page McConnell, American keyboard player and songwriter
  • 1962 – Craig Ferguson, Scottish-American comedian, actor, and talk show host
  • 1962 – Rosalind Picard, American computer scientist and engineer, co-founded Affectiva
  • 1960 – Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter, actor, and producer
  • 1956 – Annise Parker, American politician
  • 1956 – Bob Saget, American comedian, actor, and television host
  • 1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer
  • 1955 – Bill Paxton, American actor and director (d. 2017)
  • 1955 – David Townsend, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
  • 1950 – Howard Ashman, American playwright and composer (d. 1991)
  • 1949 – Keith, American pop singer
  • 1944 – Jesse Winchester, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1942 – Taj Mahal, American blues singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1941 – Ben Nelson, American lawyer and politician, 37th Governor of Nebraska
  • 1941 – David Cope, American composer and author
  • 1940 – Alan Kay, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1939 – Gary Paulsen, American author
  • 1938 – Jason Bernard, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1938 – Pervis Jackson, American R&B bass singer (The Spinners) (d. 2008)
  • 1937 – Hazel R. O'Leary, American lawyer and politician, 7th United States Secretary of Energy
  • 1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)
  • 1934 – Earl Morrall, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Ronald Wayne, American computer scientist, co-founded Apple Inc.
  • 1931 – Dewey Redman, American saxophonist (d. 2006)
  • 1931 – Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader, founded Heaven's Gate (d. 1997)
  • 1922 – Jean Rédélé, French race car driver, founded Alpine (d. 2007)
  • 1921 – Bob Merrill, American composer and screenwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Harry Männil, Estonian-Venezuelan businessman, co-founded ACO Group (d. 2010)
  • 1919 – Merle Miller, American author and screenwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1914 – Robert N. Thompson, American-Canadian chiropractor and politician (d. 1997)
  • 1912 – Ace Parker, American baseball and football player (d. 2013)
  • 1912 – Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician, 31st United States Solicitor General (d. 2004)
  • 1912 – Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, American inventor (d. 2006)
  • 1911 – Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish-American model (d. 1992)
  • 1911 – Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish-American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1909 – Julius Sumner Miller, American physicist and academic (d. 1987)
  • 1906 – Zinka Milanov, Croatian-American soprano and educator (d. 1989)
  • 1903 – Cool Papa Bell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1991)
  • 1893 – Frederick McKinley Jones, African-American inventor and entrepreneur (d. 1961)
  • 1889 – Dorothy Gibson, American actress and singer (d. 1946)
  • 1874 – George Sheldon, American diver (d. 1907)
  • 1868 – Horace Elgin Dodge, American businessman, co-founded Dodge (d. 1920)
  • 1860 – Charlotte Barnum, American mathematician and social activist (d. 1934)
  • 1836 – Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian-American chess player (d. 1900)
  • 1818 – Ezra Otis Kendall, American professor, astronomer and mathematician (d. 1899)
  • 1743 – Seth Warner, American colonel (d. 1784)

Deaths

  • 2014 – C. P. Krishnan Nair, Indian businessman, founded The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts (b. 1922)
  • 2014 – Gerald Edelman, American biologist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Ken Venturi, American golfer and sportscaster (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Donna Summer, American singer-songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2011 – Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • 2010 – Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter and poet (b. 1929)
  • 2007 – Lloyd Alexander, American soldier and author (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Cy Feuer, American director, producer, and composer (b. 1911)
  • 2005 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 2004 – Tony Randall, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2001 – Frank G. Slaughter, American physician and author (b. 1908)
  • 1996 – Kevin Gilbert, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1966)
  • 1992 – Lawrence Welk, American accordion player and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • 1985 – Abe Burrows, American director, composer, and author (b. 1910)
  • 1977 – Charles E. Rosendahl, American admiral and pilot (b. 1892)
  • 1974 – Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and scholar (b. 1898)
  • 1964 – Nandor Fodor, Hungarian-American psychologist and parapsychologist (b. 1895)
  • 1963 – John Wilce, American football player, coach, and physician (b. 1888)
  • 1934 – Cass Gilbert, American architect (b. 1859)
  • 1927 – Harold Geiger, American pilot and lieutenant (b. 1884)
  • 1911 – Frederick August Otto Schwarz, German-American businessman, founded FAO Schwarz (b. 1836)
  • 1886 – John Deere, American blacksmith and businessman, founded the Deere & Company (b. 1804)
  • 1879 – Asa Packer, American businessman, founded Lehigh University (b. 1805)
  • 1875 – John C. Breckinridge, American lawyer and politician, 14th Vice President of the United States, Confederate States general (b. 1821)
  • 1829 – John Jay, American politician and diplomat, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)
  • 1807 – John Gunby, American general (b. 1745)
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