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Historical Events For May - 17

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

1938  The birth of Dennis Hopper, American film actor on this day in history.  

1939  British issue the Palestine "White Paper" fixing the upper limit to 75,000 Jews to be admitted into Palestine over the next five years on May - 17.  

1939  King George VI 1895-1952 and Queen Elizabeth disembark at Wolfe's Cove from the CP ship Empress of Australia to start a month-long royal visit to Canada on May - 17.  

1939  On May - 17 royal Tour of Canada commences with the arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Wolfe's Cove, Quebec on the Empress of Canada. The 12 car train, (five from CP, five from CN and the two vice-regal cars), in royal blue and aluminum, left Quebec City on May 18. A pilot train, carrying officials and the press, preceeded the royal train by one hour and no other trains were permitted to travel within this period. The travel arrangements were shared by the two railways with CP being responsible for the westward journey to Victoria. CP used 4-6-4 locomotives 2850 and 2851 for the royal and pilot trains respectively, except for the Ottawa to Brighton, Ont, section, which was over CN track. 2850 hauled the royal train without change right through to Vancouver, a total distance of 3224 miles. Royal crowns were affixed to the running boards of both locomotives and these were eventually fitted to the entire class (2820-2864) which, following approval from their majesties, came to be known as Royal Hudsons.  

1939  On this day in history sweden, Norway and Finland reject Germany's non-aggression pact  

1939  On May - 17 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball  

1940  On May - 17 germany begins the invasion of France  

1940  Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium on May - 17.  

1940  The Belgian government moves to Ostend because of invading German forces on this day in history.  

1940  Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France on this day in history.  

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1942  On May - 17 dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler  

1943  On May - 17 only 8 of the 17 British and Canadian Lancasters of the Dambusters Squadron return from breaching the Mohne and the Eder dams in Germany's industrial Ruhr basin;  

1943  Montagu Love, actor (Wind), dies at 65 on May - 17.  

1944  On May - 17 allied air raid on Surabaja, Java  

1944  Chinese/US armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma on this day in history.  

1944  General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th on May - 17.  

1944  Operation Straightline Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea on this day in history.  

1944  The Bureau of Aeronautics authorized CGAS Floyd Bennett Field to collaborate with the Sperry Gyroscope Company in making an automatic pilot installation in a HNS-1 helicopter on May - 17.  

1944  On May - 17 operation Straightline: Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea  

1945  On this day in history 2 US P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu  

1945  On May - 17 jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies  

1946  On this day in history kVP Labor/Communists win first post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections  

1946  President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike on this day in history.  

1948  On May - 17 israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi  

1948  On this day in history soviet Union recognized Israel  

1949  British government recognizes Republic of Ireland on this day in history.  

1950  Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67 on May - 17.  

1951  Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66 on this day in history.  

1953  Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73 on May - 17.  

1954  On May - 17 supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision  

1955  Dutch Government of Drees resigns on this day in history.  

1955  On this day in history alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies  

1957  Canadian National opens a 40 mile diversion of its Montréal to Toronto main line required in the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway on this day in history.  

1957  Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (District of Columbia) on this day in history.  

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Famous Birthdays In May - 17

Famous People Born On This Day In History

1155  On May - 17 birth of jien, Japanese poet and historian (d. 1225)  

1443  On May - 17 birth of edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England  

1444  Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (Birth of Venus) was born on May - 17.  

1451  On this day in history birth of engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz/viceroy of Luxembourg  

1490  Albrecht von Hohenzollern, 1st duke of Prussia was born on May - 17.  

1551  On May - 17 birth of martinus A del Rio, Spanish/South Neth lawyer/historian/theologist  

1551  On this day in history birth of martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (d. 1601)  

1568  On this day in history birth of christoph Thomas Walliser, composer  

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Famous Deaths In May - 17

Famous People Died On This Day In History

1050  On this day in history guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies  

1189  Death of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Japanese general (b. 1159) on May - 17.  

1336  Death of Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288) on this day in history.  

1365  Death of Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328) on May - 17.  

1395  On May - 17 death of constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm  

1464  On this day in history death of thomas de Ros, 10th Baron de Ros, English politician (executed) (b. 1427)  

1510  Alessandro di Botticelli, painter (Birth of Venus), dies at about 65 on May - 17.  

1521  Death of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician (b. 1478) on May - 17.  

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