Historical Events For May - 17
Tuesday, 17 January 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 this day in history.
1939 On May - 17 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
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 Sweden, Norway and Finland reject Germany's non-aggression pact on this day in history.
1939 On May - 17 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
1940 On May - 17 germany begins the invasion of France
1940 On this day in history germany occupies Brussels, Belgium
1940 The Belgian government moves to Ostend because of invading German forces on May - 17.
1940 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France on this day in history.
1942 On May - 17 dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler
1943 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; on this day in history.
1943 On this day in history montagu Love, actor (Wind), dies at 65
1944 On this day in history allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
1944 On this day in history chinese/US armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma
1944 On May - 17 general Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
1944 On this day in history operation Straightline Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea
1944 On May - 17 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.
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 this day in history 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 May - 17.
1948 On May - 17 israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi
1948 Soviet Union recognized Israel on this day in history.
1949 On this day in history british government recognizes Republic of Ireland
1950 On this day in history eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
1951 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66 on May - 17.
1953 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73 on May - 17.
1954 Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision on May - 17.
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 On this day in history canadian National opens a 40 mile diversion of its Montréal to Toronto main line required in the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1957 Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (District of Columbia) on May - 17.