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.
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
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