This Day in History 17/05



1630 – Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface

1756 – Britain declares war on France (7 Years’ or French & Indian War)

1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.

1787 – English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes

1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established.

1899 – Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid, London, England

1900 – British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)

1902 – Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.

1943 – The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School to develop the ENIAC.

1958 – Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria

1990 – World Health Organisation takes Homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses.

1993 – Intel’s new Pentium processor is unveiled

1994 – Bakili Muluzi’s UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election

1996 – Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe


1490 – Albrecht von Hohenzollern, 1st Duke of Prussia

1903 – James “Cool Papa” Bell, Starkville, Mississippi, baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game (d. 1991)

1924 – Lord Tombs, CEO (Rolls Royce)

1961 – Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Gweedore, County Donegal, Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain)


1965 – Trent Reznor, musician (9 Inch Nails)



1694 – Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46

1829 – John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)

1886 – John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82


1974 – Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)

2012 – Donna Summer, American singer, dies from lung cancer at 63


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