On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1970

Historical Events

Film & TV History

Anonymous buyer purchases one of the pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" for $15,000 at MGM Studio auction, and donates them to the Smithsonian Institute

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland

Baseball Record

Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Famous Birthdays

  • Alan Wetmore, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Derrick Deese, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • Giovanna Trillini, Italian fencer (2 x Olympic gold foil 1992), born in Iesi, Italy
  • Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
  • Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • John Karelse, soccer player (NAC)
  • Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter (New Kids on the Block), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Matt Lindland, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • Renzo Furlan, Italian tennis star
  • Stefania Croce, Italian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2000 runner-up), born in Bergamo, Italy
  • Todd Mundt, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)

Famous Deaths

  • Nigel Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
1970 Highlights

About May 17, 1970

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Taurus