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Today in History: May 17
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Today in History
May 17

1540   Afgan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.
1630   Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter's surface.
1681   Louis XIV sends and expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.
1756   Britain declares war on France.
1792   Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
1814   Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.
1863   Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge.
1875   The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville.
1881   Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
1940   Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins the invasion of France.
1954   The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education.
1973   The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.

Born on May 17

1444   Sandro Botticelli, painter (The Birth of Venus).
1749   Edward Jenner, physician.
1836   Joseph Norman Lockyer, British astonomer, discovered helium.
1866   Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, French composer.
1900   Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader.
1903   James "Cool Papa" Bell, baseball player.
1912   Archibald Cox, special prosecutor in the Watergate hearings, fired by President Nixon.

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