17th May

Born on this Day 17th May
1682 Bartholomew Roberts
1718 Robert Darcy
1749 Edward Jenner
1768 Caroline of Brunswick
1888 Tich Freeman
1911 Maureen O’Sullivan
1935 Dennis Potter
1919 Birgit Nilsson
1936 Dennis Hopper
1949 Bill Bruford
1955 Debra Winger
1956 Sue Carpenter
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard
1958 Paul Whitehouse
1958 Paul Di’Anno
1961 Enya
1962 Craig Ferguson
1971 Jordan Knight
1974 Andrea Corr

Died on this Day
1510 Sandro Botticelli
1727 Catherine I
2002 Norman Vaughan


1970 The disco movie ‘Thank God Its Friday’ premiered in Los Angeles.

1980 Peter Criss left top US rock group Kiss and was replaced by Eric Carr.

1986 The Self Aid concert took place in Dublin starring Bob Geldof, U2, The Pogues, Van Morisson and Elvis Costello.


1984 Poland became the 10th team to announce that they would not take part in the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

1992 Nigell Mansell won the San Marino Grand Prix to become the first Formula One driver in history to win the opening 5 races of a season.

1997 Chelsea beat Middlesborough 2-0 in the FA cup final with the first goal, from Robert Di Matteo, coming just 43 seconds after kick-off, the fastest goal in an FA Cup final. The final also broke a record by being watched live by 148 countries, the largest domestic money-spinning event in British history.

People & Showbiz

1978 Having been stolen more than 2 months earlier, Charlie Chaplin’s coffin was found 10 miles from its original cemetry in Switzerland.

1999 The 8 month marriage of Scary Spice Mel B and dancer Jimmy Gulzar looked to be in trouble as the pair admitted to be living in separate wings of their mansion.

General Events

1590 Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.

1673 The Mississippi River was discovered.

1792 24 merchants met and agreed to trade with each other with a uniform rate of commission, thereby founding the New York Stock Exchange on 70 Wall Street.

1915 The last British Liberal Party government (Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.

1984 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.

1992 Texan billionaire Ross Perot, defeated President Bush and Bill Clinton in a weekend poll, leading speculators to believe he could become an official candidate.

1993 Indian Shridhar Chillal who had the world’s longest fingernails was to cut them for the first time in 40 years to sell the 47 inch clippings to a collector for £130,000.

1995 The Boxgrove man recently found in a Sussex gravel pit was found to be half a million years old and was over 6 feet tall.

1997 Leslie Anne Nelson, a woman who became a man 4 years ago, became the first transexual to go on death row in American history after being found guilty of killing 2 police officers in April 1995.

1999 31 year old Ricky Austin opened the first hotel for teddy bears in Taunton, Somerset, with prices starting at 50p per night.

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