What Happened on May 17


Historical Events

1527 – Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men, by 1536 only 4 are still alive
1648 – Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria
1673 – Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
1964 – First Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton
1970 – Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits
2015 – 22nd Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist and 7 other awards

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Famous Birthdays

1758 – John St Aubyn, British fossil collector, born in Golden Square, London (d. 1839)
1873 – Dorothy M. Richardson, English novelist (Pilgrimage), born in Abington, Berkshire (d. 1957)
1898 – A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (member of Group of Seven), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1992)
1926 – Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother’s Keeper), born in Nairobi, Kenya (d. 2009)
1931 – [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)
1969 – Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Famous Deaths

1916 – Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (b. 1862)
1917 – Belva Ann Lockwood, American attorney (1st lady to argue in Supreme Court), dies at 86
1936 – Panagis Tsaldaris, twice Greek prime minister (b. 1868)
1944 – Félix Éboué, French colonial administrator, dies at 60
2010 – Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer (Mélopées africaines), and teacher, dies at 86
2010 – Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (b. 1929)

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