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Notable Historical Events for May 17th

1544Scot Earl Matthew Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII

18767th US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer leaves Ft Lincoln

197628th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

199844th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

1970Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

1881Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Wash DC

1742Battle of Chotusitz: Frederick II and Prussia defeat the Austrians

1536Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed

1989Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

1871Indian fighter General William T. Sherman escapes Comanches in an ambulance

May 17th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on May 17th

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

1903James "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)

1962Craig Ferguson, Glasgow, Scottish actor, writer and comedian

1490Albert of Prussia, Ansbach, 1st Duke of Prussia

May 17th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on May 17th

1827US President Andrew Johnson (18) weds Eliza McCardle (16) in Warrenton, Tennessee

1923Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany

1763Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris

1947NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny

May 17th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on May 17th

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

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

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

1694Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46

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