What Happened on May 17

Significant Events

  • 1527 Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
  • 1803 John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
  • 1961 Fidel Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
  • 1973 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • 2004 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • 2014 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
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World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses

On May 17, 1990

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