On This Day

Historical Events on May 17 (Part 2)

Historic Invention

1993 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled

  • 1993 "Chattahoochee" single released by Alan Jackson (CMA Award Single of the Year, Billboard Song of the Year 1993)
  • 1994 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • 1996 Venezuelan Alicia Machado, aged 18, crowned 45th Miss Universe
  • 1996 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs
  • 1997 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
  • 1997 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
  • 1997 Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.

LPGA Championship

1998 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: 20-year-old rookie Se Ri Pak leads wire-to-wire to win the first of her 5 majors, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Donna Andrews and Lisa Hackney

  • 1998 New York Yankees pitcher David Wells tosses a perfect game in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • 2000 In the Philippines an explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade.

Historic Event

2001 US President George W. Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production

  • 2003 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
  • 2003 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,726): Arsenal beats Southampton, 1-0; Robert Pires scores 38' winner for Gunners' 9th title
  • 2004 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage

Music Awards

2005 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

Music History

2005 Singer Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer at 36

  • 2006 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
  • 2006 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • 2007 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
  • 2007 Demolition work begins at Dublin's famous Lansdowne Road Stadium to be replaced by the new Aviva Stadium, opened in 2010
  • 2008 133rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80
  • 2008 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (82,752): Portsmouth beats Cardiff City, 1-0; Nwankwo Kanu scores 37' winner
  • 2009 Video game Minecraft is first released to the public while in development
  • 2013 90 people are killed and 200 are injured after a series of bombings across Iraq
  • 2014 Atlético Madrid win the 2013–14 La Liga
  • 2014 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,345): Arsenal beats Hull City, 3–2 (a.e.t.); Aaron Ramsey scores 109' winner

Sports History

2014 Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal

  • 2014 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84
  • 2014 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
  • 2014 St Johnstone FC win the Scottish Cup for 1st time in 130 years, defeating Dundee United 2-0

Album Release

2015 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

  • 2015 A mudslide hits the alpine town of Salgar in Western Colombia killing over 50 people
  • 2015 Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas leaves 9 dead and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime.

Music Awards

2015 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

  • 2015 Canada defeats Russia to win gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship
  • 2015 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League
  • 2015 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Jeff Maggert wins first of 2 consecutive Champions Tour majors with par on 1st playoff hole against Kevin Sutherland
  • 2018 Gina Haspel confirmed as the first female director of the CIA by the US Senate
  • 2018 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo spreads to the city of Mbandaka
  • 2018 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.
  • 2019 Brooks Koepka fires a 65 (-5) to set new record for lowest 36-hole score in a golf major at the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park; 7 stroke lead is a 36-hole tournament record
  • 2019 Taiwan's parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, the first Asian country
  • 2019 Tyler, the Creator releases his fifth studio album "Igor" which becomes his first number-one album in the United States

Historic Event

2020 Israel swears in a new government led by both Benny Gantz, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 510 days

Sports History

2020 Michael Jordan's autographed Air Nike 1s trainers from 1985 sell for a record $560,000 in an online auction

Historic Event

2020 Former US President Barack Obama criticizes the US government's handling of the pandemic during an online address to graduates, saying officials "aren't even pretending to be in charge"

  • 2021 Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall in the Indian state of Gujarat with wind speeds of up to 160km/h (100mph)
  • 2021 Long working hours killed 745,000 people a year, in 2016, in the first study of its kind by the World Health Organization [1]