On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1938

Historical Events

  • Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • US Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy

Famous Birthdays

  • Don Dolan, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jason Bernard, actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
  • Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)

Famous Deaths

  • Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and Zionist, dies at 60
1938 Highlights

About May 17, 1938

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 83 years, 8 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus