On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1984

Historical Events

  • Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA
  • Marvin Creamer becomes 1st known person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, arriving back in Cape May, New Jersey, after 513 days

Historic Event

Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian BolaƱos, Costa Rican footballer, born in Hatillo, Costa Rica
  • Lena Waithe, American screenwriter, actress and producer (Master of None), born in Chicago, Illinois
1984 Highlights

About May 17, 1984

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 8 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus