This Day In History - May 17th
This Day In History is a daily feature on The Beat Chicago
There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.
Each day of the week we look in the rear view mirror for a look back in time. Let's go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 17th in the past.
We're here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!
Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth on this day in history.
Click here and we'll take you for a detailed trip back in time in our Backspin section. Our Backspin section takes you back in time highlighting all the biggest events of each year.
We start Backspin in 1970 and go all the way to 1999. We've cataloged all the biggest news stories, top movies, TV shows, sporting events and more to help you remember everything you forgot or, help you learn something you didn't know.
Let's go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history
1881 - Frederick Douglass was appointed Recorder Of Deeds in the U.S.
1881 - The revised version of New Testament was published
1883 - Buffalo Bill's first Wild West Show opened in Omaha, Nebraska
1884 - Alaska became a U.S. territory
1897 - John Philip Holland's submarine became the first sub that could travel a good sized distance underwater here in the U.S.
1900 - "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was first published by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by William Wallace Denslow here in Chicago. It took 39 years for it to become the movie "Wizard Of Oz"
1920 - KLM airlines begins service. (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
1926 - China's Chiang Kai-shek was made supreme warlord in Canton
1932 - The U.S. Congress changed "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
1938 - The Vinson Naval Act was signed into law funding a two-ocean navy
1939 - NBC broadcast the first televised baseball game. Princeton beat Columbia 2-1
1943 - ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) was born after the U.S. Army signed a contract with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School
1946 - To delay a strike, President Truman seized control of the U.S. railways
1948 - The Soviet Union recognized Israel as a nation
1954 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Brown v Topeka Board of Education which reversed the 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy v Ferguson decision
1957 - School desegregation law, Brown v Board of education
1959 - Standing at 92 feet tall, the Sanctuary of Christ the King overlooking Lisbon, Portugal was inaugurated
1960 - J.W. Flor of Canog Park, CA. received the first patent for an atomic reactor system
1961 - After the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Castro offers to trade the American prisoners back to us for 500 bulldozers
1964 - The first Horton's Horton's coffee and donut shop opened in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton
1968 - The European Space Research Organization launched their first satellite
1960 - The Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers moved from the NFC to the AFC
1970 - Hank Aaron hit his 3,000th hit making him the 9th player to reach that level
1971 - The musical "Godspell" premiered off-Broadway
1973 - The U.S. Senate began the Watergate hearings which were televised
1973 - The classic "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder was released
1974 - The SLA, (Symbionese Liberation Army) loses six of their own in a massive shoot-out in L.A. where over 9,000 rounds were fired
1975 - The classic "I'm Not In Love" by 10CC was released
1975 - NBC paid five-million dollars to air "Gone with the Wind" one time
1977 - The first Chuck E. Cheese opened in San Jose CA.
1979 - The famous Phillies vs. Cubs game where the Phillie beat the Cubs 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
1990 – The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminated homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases
1993 - Under the guidance of CEO Andrew Grove, Intel unveiled their new Pentium processor
1993 - In what would become the CMA and Billboard Song of The Year, Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" was released
1995 – Shawn Nelson stole an M60 tank from the California Army National Guard Armory in San Diego and proceeded to go on a rampage
2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. were performed in the state of Massachusetts
2012 - Singer, actress, entertainer Donna Summer passed away
BORN ON THIS DAY
1936 – Dennis Hopper, actor and director, passed in 2010
1938 – Pervis Jackson, the bass voice in R&B act The Spinners, passed in 2008
1942 – Taj Mahal, blues singer and musican
1955 – Bill Paxton, actor and director, passed in 2017
1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer, broadcaster
1956 – Bob Saget, comedian, actor, and TV host
1962 – Craig Ferguson, comedian, actor, and talk show host
1965 – Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails founder
1970 – Jordan Knight, singer-songwriter and actor