May 17 in history

May 17 events chronologically

1395 Battle of Rovine, Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army
1521 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason
1536 George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford and four other men are executed for treason
1536 The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage
1590 Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland
1642 Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal
1673 Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River

Top 7 most famous people born on May 17

1749 Edward Jenner an English physician and scientist who was the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, the world's first vaccine. He is often called "the father of immunology", and his work is said to have "saved more lives than the work of any other human"
1836 Wilhelm Steinitz an Austrian and later American chess player and the first undisputed world chess champion from 1886 to 1894. When discussing chess history from the 1870s onwards, commentators have debated whether Steinitz was effectively the champion earlier. Steinitz lost his title to Emanuel Lasker in 1894 and also lost a rematch in 1896–97
1866 Erik Satie a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd
1936 Dennis Hopper an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, making his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared in two films with James Dean. In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in several films. Hopper also began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s
1961 Enya an Irish celtic singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter.
1965 Trent Reznor an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As both a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he has led the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails since 1988; he left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist for around five years until he signed with Columbia Records. He and his wife Mariqueen Maandig are members of the post-industrial group How to Destroy Angels with Reznor's fellow composer Atticus Ross and graphic designer Rob Sheridan. Reznor and Ross scored the David Fincher films The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
1982 Tony Parker a French professional basketball player with the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

Top 7 most famous people died on May 17

1510 Sandro Botticelli an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later as a "golden age", a thought, suitably enough, he expressed at the head of his Vita of Botticelli. Botticelli's posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting. Among his best known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera
1829 John Jay an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, signer of the Treaty of Paris, and first Chief Justice of the United States.
1838 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord a French bishop, politician and diplomat. Due to a lame leg, he was not able to start a military career as expected by his family. Instead, he studied theology. In 1780 he became Agent-General of the Clergy and represented the Catholic Church to the French Crown. He worked successfully at the highest level for the regime of Louis XVI, through several governments of the French Revolution and then for Napoleon, Louis XVIII, Charles X, and Louis-Philippe. Most of them distrusted Talleyrand but, like Napoleon, found him indispensable. The name "Talleyrand" has become a synonym for crafty, cynical diplomacy
1875 John C. Breckinridge a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the Commonwealth in both houses of Congress and in 1857, became the 14th and youngest-ever Vice President of the United States. Serving in the U.S. Senate at the outbreak of the Civil War, he was expelled after joining the Confederate Army. He remains the only Senator of the United States convicted of treason against the United States of America by the Senate. He was appointed Confederate Secretary of War late in the war. A member of the Breckinridge family, he was the grandson of U.S. Attorney General John Breckinridge, son of Kentucky Secretary of State Cabell Breckinridge and father of Arkansas Congressman Clifton Breckinridge
1987 Gunnar Myrdal a Swedish Nobel laureate economist, sociologist, and politician. In 1974, he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Friedrich Hayek for "their pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena." He is best known in the United States for his study of race relations, which culminated in his book An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. The study was influential in the 1954 landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision Brown Board of Education
2012 Donna Summer an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach 1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 130 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time
2013 Jorge Rafael Videla a senior commander in the Argentine Army and dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981.