Today in History - May 17

352 - Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I

1525 - Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels

1527 - Panfilo de Narvaez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive

1590 - Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland

1620 - 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)

1630 - Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface

1673 - Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi

1712 - Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as "sovereign of Netherlands"

1742 - Battle of Chotusitz: Frederick II and Prussia defeat the Austrians

1775 - American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada

1792 - 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street

1803 - John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine

1859 - Australian Rules Football first 'Laws of the Game' published

1865 - The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established

1872 - Bohemian Club incorporated in San Francisco

1875 - 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75



1877 - Edwin T Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm

1884 - Alaska becomes a US territory

1890 - Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London

1897 - The 1st successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA

1902 - Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer

1915 - National Baptist Convention chartered

1916 - British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced

1920 - 1st De Havilland double-decker flight lands in Schiphol

1921 - Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union

1926 - Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme warlord in Canton

1932 - US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"

1938 - Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network

1940 - Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France

1948 - Soviet Union recognized Israel

1960 - 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park CA

1971 - Washington State bans sex discrimination

1989 - Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

1993 - Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled

2004 - Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage


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