May 17 events in history

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
1775 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Quebec
1792 The New York Stock Exchange is formed under the Buttonwood Agreement
1805 Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt
1808 Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire
1814 Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian
1814 The Constitution of Norway is signed and Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly
1849 A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground
1863 Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language
1865 The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris
1869 Imperial Japanese forces defeat the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War
1875 Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby
1900 Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking
1902 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer
1914 The Protocol of Corfu is signed, recognising full autonomy to Northern Epirus under nominal Albanian sovereignty
1915 The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls
1933 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway
1939 The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States' first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City
1940 World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium
1940 World War II: the old city centre of the Dutch town of Middelburg is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland
1943 World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams
1954 The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
1967 Six-Day War: President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt
1969 Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure
1970 Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean
1973 Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate
1974 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. It is the deadliest attack of the Troubles and the deadliest terrorist attack in the Republic's history. There are allegations that British state forces were involved
1974 Police in Los Angeles raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall
1980 General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations
1980 On the eve of presidential elections, Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho, starting the Internal conflict in Peru
1983 The U.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds), in response to the Appalachian Observer's Freedom of Information Act request
1983 Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon
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
1987 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
1990 The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases
1992 Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown that results in 52 officially confirmed deaths, many disappearances, hundreds of injuries, and over 3,500 arrests
1994 Malawi holds its first multi-party elections
1997 Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa. Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo
2000 Arsenal and Galatasaray fans clash in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final riots in Copenhagen
2004 The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts
2006 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef
2007 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
2013 Two Metro-North commuter trains collide near Bridgeport, Connecticut injuring at least 72 people
2014 A plane crash in northern Laos kills 17 people