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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 17…

May 16, 2012

Thursday, May 17.  2012.  Here’s what transpired today in years past:

1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Quebec.

the gun wire

Dennis Hopper

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is formed.

1849 – A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.

1939 – The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States’ first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.

1943 – The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania‘s Moore School to develop the ENIAC.

1954 – The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

1973 – Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

1974 – Police in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army‘s headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.

1983 – The U.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world’s largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds), in response to the Appalachian Observer’s Freedom of Information Act request.

1983 – LebanonIsrael, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

2006 – The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.


1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)

1955 – Bill Paxton, American actor and film director

1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer

1956 – Bob Saget, American actor

1959 – Jim Nantz, American broadcaster

1965 – Trent Reznor, American musician (Nine Inch Nails)


1886 – John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (b. 1804)

2004 – Tony Randall, American actor (b. 1920)




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