Wednesday, May 17, 2017
History for May 17 - On-This-Day.com:
Edward Jenner 1749, Joseph Norman Lockyer 1836, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini 1900
Dennis Hopper 1936 - Actor, Bill Paxton 1955 - Actor, Enya 1961 - Musician
1756 - Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.
1875 - The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.
1932 - The U.S. Congress changed the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico."
1946 - U.S. President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
1954 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.
1987 - An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan's Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.