This Day in History – May 17

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May 17

History is not just written between the pages of your textbooks. Everything that happening in this moment is going to become a part of history, every day has beautiful, inspiring, discoveries, birth stories attached to it. Let us recall the events that happened through the years on this day in history, May 17

What Happened in India on May 17?

1540 – In the battle of Kannauj, Humayun was defeated for the second time by Sher Shah Suri.

1775 – Battle between the Marathas of India and East India Company commenced, it was known as Battle of Arras.

1857 – In the First War of Indian Independence against British rule, Bahadur Shah II won and was declared the Emperor of India.

1873 – In Calcutta, a Hindi daily known as  Bharat Mitra was started publication.

1999 – CWC(I) rejects the resignation of Sonia Gandhi from Congress President 

Credits: India TV

2014 – Nitish Kumar, former Bihar Chief Minister resigned from the post of Chief Minister in Bihar. 

Credits: ABP News

What Happened Around the World on May 17? 

1860 – In München a German football club TSV 1860  was founded

1910 – 1-50 cent coins design was set by Canada 

1938 –  Information Please! was a radio quiz show that made its debut on NBC Blue Network on this day

1939 – Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1 was the first  baseball game that was televised and broadcasted on NBC

1964 –  NHL player Tim Horton opened the first Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario.

Credits: Sherway Academy of Music

1970 – Hank Aaron scores 3,000 hits becoming the  9th player to achieve this.

1973 – You are the Sunshine of my Love released by Stevie Wonder

Credits: dariostellamusic1

1973 – 3 nuclear tests performed by the US at Rifle Colorado

1976 – Thousands of people lost their lives during an earthquake in Uzbekistan

1980 –  V. S. Kumar Anandan from Sri Lanka was registered in a Guinness World Record for balancing on one foot for 33 hours.

1990 –  Homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses by World Health Organization.

2004 –  Same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts becoming the first US state to legalize it.

Credits: CBS Boston

2005 – At age 36 popular singer Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer

2013 – After a series of bombings in Iraq 90 people lost their lives while 200 were reported to be injured. 

2015Taylor Swift  won top artist & 7 other awards in the 24th Billboard Music Awards

Credits: Aesthetic Lyrics

2018 – In the Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola starts spreading to Mbandaka

2020 – Air Nike trainers autographed by Michael Jordan in  1985 sell in an online auction for $560,000

2020 – During the virtual graduation of 2020 former US president Barack Obama criticizes the US government for mishandling the nation during the pandemic. 

Credits: Guardian News

Famous Birthdays on May 17

1945 – Famous  Indian cricketer Bhagwat Chandrasekhar was born in Mysore, Karnataka

Credits: First Sportz 

1956 –  American boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard that won Olympic gold in 1976 was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

1962 – Popular Scottish actor, writer, and comedian, Craig Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland

1971 – The first women governor of Rhode Island Gina Raimondo and American politician Gina Raimondo was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island

1984 – Christian Bolaños is a  Costa Rican footballer was born on May 17 in Hatillo, Costa Rica

1988 –  Nikki Reed is an American actress who is now the wife of actor Ian Somerhalder famous for his role as Damon in Vampire Diaries was born on May 17

This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on May 17! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more such entertaining and informative content, keep following us on Leverage Edu. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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