- 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
- Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
- WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
About May 17, 1997
Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 25 years, 10 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No
Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus
- #1 Song: Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.
- #1 Song: You're Not Alone - Olive