On This Day..... May 17

MAY 17TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL WALNUT DAY
  • TODAY IS IDAHO APPRECIATION DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ARCHIBALD COX (1912-2004)
  • DENNIS HOPPER (1936-2010)
  • BILL PAXTON (1955-2017)
  • BOB SAGET (1956, 62)
  • SUGAR RAY LEONARD (1956, 62)
  • JIM NANTZ (1959, 59)
  • ENYA (1961, 57)
  • CRAIG FERGUSON (1962, 56)
  • TRENT REZNOR (1965, 53)
  • JORDAN KNIGHT (1970, 48)
  • LENA WAITHE (1984, 34)
  • DEREK HOUGH (1985, 33)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1536, THE “FOUR LOVERS” OF ANNE BOLEYN ARE EXECUTED
  • IN 1694, JOHANN BACH DIES AT 46
  • IN 1756, BRITAIN DECLARES WAR ON FRANCE IN THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
  • IN 1763, THE MARQUIS DE SADE MARRIES RENEE PELAGIE AT 22
  • IN 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS BANS TRADE WITH CANADA
  • IN 1792, THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE IS FORMED ON WALL STREET
  • IN 1824, SIX FRIENDS OF LORD BYRON BURN HIS DIARIES AFTER HIS DEATH DESTROYING HUNDREDS OF LITERARY WORKS
  • IN 1827, 18 YEAR OLD FUTURE PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON MARRIES HIS 16 YEAR OLD WIFE ELIZA IN TENNESSEE
  • IN 1829, CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN JAY DIES AT 83
  • IN 1875, OLIVER LEWIS AND ARISTIDES WIN THE FIRST KENTUCKY DERBY
  • IN 1881, FREDERICK DOUGLASS IS APPOINTED AS THE RECORDED OF DEEDS IN D.C.
  • IN 1883, BUFFALO BILL CODY’S WILD WEST SHOW OPENS IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA
  • IN 1884, ALASKA BECOMES A U.S. TERRITORY
  • IN 1886, JOHN DEERE DIES AT 82
  • IN 1923, 21 YEAR OLD MARLENE DIETRICH MARRIES DIRECTOR RUDOLF SIEBER
  • IN 1928, THE 9TH OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN IN AMSTERDAM
  • IN 1938, “INFORMATION PLEASE!” DEBUTS ON NBC RADIO
  • IN 1954, THE SUPREME COURT RULES IN BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION THAT SEGREGATION IN SCHOOLS IS ILLEGAL OVERTURNING THE “SEPARATE BUT EQUAL” DOCTRINE OF PLESSY V. FERGUSON IN 1896
  • IN 1961, FIDEL CASTRO OFFERS TO EXCHANGE PRISONERS FOR 500 BULLDOZERS
  • IN 1964, TIM HORTON OPENS HIS FIRST COFFE AND DONUT SHOP IN ONTARIO, CANADA
  • IN 1967, BOB DYLAN RELEASES THE CONCERT FILM “DON’T LOOK BACK”
  • IN 1967, TENNESSEE REPEALS THE BUTLER ACT, WHICH MADE IT ILLEGAL TO TEACH EVOLUTION IN SCHOOLS AFTER 42 YEARS
  • IN 1971, “GODSPELL” DEBUTS OFF BROADWAY
  • IN 1971, TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN HIT #1 WITH “KNOCK THREE TIMES”
  • IN 1973, THE SENATE WATERGATE COMMITTEE BEGINS HEARINGS
  • IN 1973, STEVIE WONDER RELEASES “YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE”
  • IN 1975, NBC PAYS $5 MILLION FOR THE RIGHT TO SHOW “GONE WITH THE WIND”
  • IN 1976, THOUSANDS ARE KILLED IN AN EARTHQUAKE IN UZBEKISTAIN
  • IN 1980, 16 PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND 300 INJURED DURING RACE RIOTS IN MIAMI
  • IN 1983, ISRAEL AND LEBANON SIGN A PEACE TREATY
  • IN 1985, BOBBY EWING IS KILLED ON “DALLAS”
  • IN 1986, WHITNEY HOUSTON HITS #1 WITH “GREATEST LOVE OF ALL”
  • IN 1987, 37 SAILORS DIE WHEN IRAQI MISSILES HIT THE USS STARK
  • IN 1990, “CHEERS” STAR KELSEY GRAMMAR SPENDS 30 DAYS IN JAIL FOR A DUI
  • IN 1990, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REMOVES HOMOSEXUALITY FROM ITS LIST OF MENTAL ILLNESSES
  • IN 1992, LAWRENCE WELK DIES OF PNEUMONIA AT 89
  • IN 1993, INTEL DEBUTS ITS PENTIUM PROCESSOR
  • IN 1993, ALAN JACKSON RELEASES “CHATAHOOCHEE”
  • IN 1997, SYLVESTER STALLONE MARRIES JENNIFER FLAVIN
  • IN 2000, FOX AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “BEVERLY HILLS 90210”
  • IN 2004, MASSACHUSETTS IS THE FIRST STATE TO LEGALIZE SAME SEX MARRIAGE
  • IN 2004, TONY RANDALL DIES AT 84
  • IN 2006, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND HEATHER MILLS ANNOUNCE THEY ARE SPLITTING UP
  • IN 2008, ASHLEE SIMPSON MARRIES FALL OUT BOY’S PETE WENTZ
  • IN 2009, “MINECRAFT” IS RELEASED IN BETA VERSION WHILE STILL BEING DEVELOPED
  • IN 2012, DONNA SUMMER DIES OF LUNG CANCER AT 63
  • IN 2017, CHRIS CORNELL IS FOUND AFTER COMMITTING SUICIDE AT 52

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