On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1931

Famous Birthdays

  • Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (Heaven's Gate), born in Spur, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), born in Chenoa, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)

Famous Deaths

  • Johan [Eliza J] de Master, art critic/writer, dies
  • Timothy Cole, American wood engraver, dies at about 71
1931 Highlights

About May 17, 1931

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 90 years, 6 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Taurus