17th May

Events

Large explosion outside airport in Afghan capital Kabul2015 Large explosion outside airport in Afghan capital Kabul

Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force An-74 crash2014 Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force An-74 crash

2013 Two Metro-North commuter trains collide near Bridgeport, Connecticut injuring at least 72 people

Pamir Airways Flight 112 crash2010 Pamir Airways Flight 112 crash

Russian crime film Brother at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival1997 Russian crime film Brother at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival

The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases1990 The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases

Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon1983 Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon

Police in Los Angeles raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall1974 Police in Los Angeles raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall

1974 34 people were killed in the Dublin-Monaghan car bomb attacks. The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) was suspected

 Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.1969 Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.

The Soviet Union recognised the new state of Israel1948 The Soviet Union recognised the new state of Israel

1940 World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium

Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer1902 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer

Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London1899 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

 Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language1863 Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language

 A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground1849 A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground

 Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire1808 Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire

The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage1536 The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage

Battle of Rovine, Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army1395 Battle of Rovine, Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army

Born

Antonina Leżucha1881 Antonina Leżucha (78 years old)

Valeriya  Novodvorskaya1950 Valeriya Novodvorskaya (64 years old)

Maria Tomala1897 Maria Tomala (82 years old)

Milda Heniņa1905 Milda Heniņa (11 years old)

Herberts Cukurs1900 Herberts Cukurs (64 years old)

Died

Vasilijs Ananjevs2020 Vasilijs Ananjevs (57 years old)

Walęty Jastrzębski1960 Walęty Jastrzębski

Monika Stefaniak1950 Monika Stefaniak

Mārtiņš Augusts Nukša1942 Mārtiņš Augusts Nukša (63 years old)

Jan Niezgoda1979 Jan Niezgoda (78 years old)