1590 ~ Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland on the 17th May 1590.
1673 ~ Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River on the 17th May 1673.
1792 ~ The New York Stock Exchange was formed on the 17th May 1792.
1868 ~ Horace Elgin Dodge the American co-founder of Dodge was born on the 17th May 1868 (died 1920).
1875 ~ Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby on the 17th May 1875.
1889 ~ Dorothy Gibson the American actress and survivor of RMS Titanic was born on the 17th May 1889 (died 1946).
1895 ~ Mary Josephine Ray the Canadian super-centenarian was born on the 17th May 1895 (died 2010).
1900 ~ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow was originally published on the 17th May 1900, by the George M. Hill Company.
1902 ~ The Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer was discovered by Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais on the 17th May 1902.
1934 ~ Ronald Wayne the American computer scientist and co-founder of Apple Inc. was born on the 17th May 1934.
1936 ~ Dennis Hopper the American actor and director was born on the 17th May 1936 (died 2010).
1942 ~ Taj Mahal the American singer-songwriter was born on the 17th May 1942.
1945 ~ Tony Roche the Australian tennis player was born on the 17th May 1945.
1943 ~ The Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams were on the 17th May 1943.
1955 ~ Bill Paxton the American actor and director was born on the 17th May 1955.
1956 ~ Sugar Ray Leonard the American boxer and actor was born on the 17th May 1956.
1956 ~ Bob Saget the American comedian, actor, and television host was born on the 17th May 1956.
1956 ~ Dave Sim the Canadian cartoonist was born on the 17th May 1956.
1961 ~ Enya the Irish singer-songwriter and producer was born on the 17th May 1961.
1962 ~ Craig Ferguson the Scottish comedian, actor, and television host was born on the 17th May 1962.
1970 ~ Jordan Knight the American singer-songwriter from New Kids on the Block was born on the 17th May 1970.
1973 ~ The Watergate scandal televised hearings began on the 17th May 1973 in the United States Senate.
1974 ~ Andrea Corr the Irish singer-songwriter and pianist from The Corrs was born on the 17th May 1974.
1975 ~ Jonti Picking the English cartoonist was born on the 17th May 1975.
1984 ~ Pasenger aka Mike Rosenberg the British folk-rock singer-songwriter was born on the 17th May 1984. YouTube video: Holes (2013) Passenger..
1988 ~ Nikki Reed the American actress was born on the 17th May 1988.
1990 ~ Homosexuality was eliminated by the General Assembly of the World Health Organization from the list of psychiatric diseases on the 17th May 1990.
2004 ~ Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.
2004 ~ Tony Randall the American actor died on the 17th May 2004 (born 1920).
2012 ~ DONNA SUMMER the American singer-songwriter died on the 17th day of May in 2012 aged 63.
Today in History for May 17th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…