On This Day in History for May 17

Events in History

  • 218 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 352 Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I
  • 884 St Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1521 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason
  • 1525 Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels
  • 1527 Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
  • 1536 Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed shortly before her own beheading
  • 1544 Scot Earl Matthew Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII
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Weddings in History

  • 1763 Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris
  • 1827 US President Andrew Johnson (18) weds Eliza McCardle (16) in Warrenton, Tennessee
  • 1980 Navy Liaison and future politician John McCain marries second wife teacher Cindy Lou Hensley

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