All Events

Historical Events on May 17

  • Napoleon


    Emperor Napoleon I orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.

  • World War II


    World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.

  • United States Supreme Court


    The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

  • Six-Day War


    Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.

  • The Troubles


    The Troubles: Thirty-three civilians are killed and 300 injured when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) detonates four car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.

  • Lebanon


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

  • Charles, Prince of Wales


    Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend", sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.

  • Iraq


    An Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1 fighter jet fires two missiles into the U.S. Navy warship USS Stark, killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew.

  • North Korea


    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.