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On this day in history - May 17

What Happened On This Day – May 17

  • 1999 Ehud Barak becomes Prime Minister of Israel

    During his tenure, Barak attempted to revive the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). However, his efforts were unsuccessful.

  • 1990 The WHO deletes homosexuality from its list of mental diseases

    Precisely 14 years later, the first same-sex marriages in the United States were performed as Massachusetts became the first state to legalize them.

  • 1972 Germany ratifies the Treaty of Warsaw

    Chancellor Willy Brandt signed the treaty, by which Germany gives up any territorial claims and guarantees the Oder-Neisse line as the valid border to Poland.

  • 1954 The U.S. Supreme Court declares racially segregated public schools unconstitutional

    Despite this landmark decision, de facto racial segregation was upheld for years in some areas of the United States.

  • 1943 The Royal Air Force dambusters wreck three German dams

    The RAF squadron used revolutionary bouncing bombs to avoid the torpedo nets protecting the dams. The audacious air raid was depicted in a 1954 war film.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
May 17

  • 1956 Sugar Ray Leonard

    American boxer, actor

  • 1946 Udo Lindenberg

    German singer-songwriter, drummer

  • 1936 Dennis Hopper

    American actor, director

  • 1866 Erik Satie

    French pianist, composer

  • 1836 Wilhelm Steinitz

    Austrian/American chess player

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Deaths On This Day,
May 17

  • 2011 Harmon Killebrew

    American baseball player

  • 1996 Johnny "Guitar" Watson

    American singer, guitarist

  • 1875 John C. Breckinridge

    American general, politician, 14th Vice President of the United States

  • 1829 John Jay

    American jusrist, politician, 1st Chief Justice of the United States

  • 1510 Sandro Botticelli

    Italian painter