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17 May

352 – Rome – Liberius became Pope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Liberius 

884 – Rome – Adrian III became Pope. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Adrian_III 

1395 – Wallachia – Battle of Rovine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rovine

1521 – England – Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, executed for treason. http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/edwardstafford.htm

1536 – England – George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, executed for treason. http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/georgeboleyn.htm

1536 – England – Annulment of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn’s marriage. http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/17-may-1536-the-annulment-of-henry-viii-and-anne-boleyns-marriage/

1590 – Scotland – Anne of Denmark crowned Queen. http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usbiography/a/anneofdenmark.html


1673 – America – Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette began Mississippi River exploration. https://youtu.be/Z7_yTnRNe9Y https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Jolliet  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Marquette

1749 – GB – Earthquake measuring 3.4Mw, epicentre in Wimborne, Dorset.

1757 – GB – Earthquake measuring 3.2Mw, epicentre in Todmorden, Yorkshire.

http://www.pascalbonenfant.com/18c/geography/earthquakes.html

1792 – USA – New York Stock Exchange formed. http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/hottopic/stock_market.html

1814 – Norway – Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik elected King. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_VIII_of_Denmark

1849 – USA – Fire of St. Louis, Missouri. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/a-look-back-great-fire-of-ravaged-riverfront/article_ff8faca9-1ba5-5f52-9252-e8397b705240.html

1865 – France – International Telegraph Union established in Paris. http://www.itu.int/en/about/Pages/history.aspx


1902 – Greece – The Antikythera mechanism recognised, having been discovered in a wreck the previous year. https://youtu.be/nZXjUqLMgxM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism  http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/

1914 – Greece – Protocol of Corfu signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocol_of_Corfu

1928 – Netherlands – IX Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Amsterdam. https://youtu.be/4D_ReG_XnEM http://www.olympic.org/amsterdam-1928-summer-olympics

1940 – Belgium – Brussels occupied by Germany (WWII).

1940 – Netherlands – German bombers hit Middelburg (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1940 – Netherlands – Battle of The Netherlands ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Netherlands

1940 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked oil storage facilities in Bremen & Hamburg (WWII).

1941 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Bramsfield (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database


1943 – Germany – Dambuster Raid by RAF Squadron 617 (WWII). https://youtu.be/35qsu9HsYos WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing   http://www.dambusters.org.uk/

1945 – Papua New Guineas – US Navy plane crashed off Manus Island – Momote Airport, 4 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450517-2

1946 – India – USAAF plane crashed at Birmani Para, Tripura State, 11 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19460517-1

1950 – USA – USAF plane crashed at Aurora-Lowry AFB, CO, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19500517-1

1953 – USA – Delta Air Lines Flight 318 crashed near Marshall, TX, 19 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19530517-0

1953 – Malta – RAF plane crashed at Malta-Luqa Airport, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19530517-1

1974 – Republic of Ireland – Car bombs exploded in Dublin and Monaghan by UVF, 33 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/17/newsid_4311000/4311459.stm

1980 – South Korea – 17 May Coup D’état. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_of_May_Seventeenth

1980 – Peru – Internal Conflict began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_conflict_in_Peru

1983 – Lebanon/Israel – May 17 Agreement signed (Lebanese Civil War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_17_Agreement

1987 – Persian Gulf – USS Stark Incident (Iran-Iraq War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Stark_incident

1992 – Thailand – Black May protests began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_May_(1992)

2004 – USA – Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage.

2006 – Brazil – São Paulo Violence ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_2006_S%C3%A3o_Paulo_violence

2006 – Gulf of Mexico – USS Oriskany sunk as artificial reef. https://youtu.be/4CfHWdIQ8NY http://www.ussoriskanydiver.com/oriskany.htm http://navysite.de/cv/cv34.htm

2010 – Afghanistan – Pamir Airways Flight 1102 crashed at Salang Pass, 44 killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8686584.stm  http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20100517-0 

2014 – Laos – Laos Government Plane crashed near Xieng Khouang Airport, 16 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20140517-0

York

1984 – Jorvik Viking Centre officially opened by the Prince of Wales. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/features/features/11111140.Looking_back_over_30_years_of_the_Jorvik_Viking_Centre/