On this day

Rescue workers search a Laos military plane crash site near Nadee village, in Xiang Khouang province in the north of the country May 17, 2014. Image: ABC

On This Day: What happened on 17 May?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Rescue workers search a Laos military plane crash site near Nadee village, in Xiang Khouang province in the north of the country May 17, 2014. Image: ABC

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 17 MAY

2014 | A plane crashed in northern Laos and killed 17 people.

2007 | Trains from North and South Korea crossed the 38th Parallel in a test run agreed by both governments. It was the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.

2004 | The first legal marriage of same-sex couples in the United States took place in the state of Massachusetts.

2000 | Arsenal and Galatasaray fans clashed in the UEFA 2000 Cup Final in Copenhagen.

1995 | Shawn Nelson stole an M60 tank from the California Army National Guard Armory in San Diego and proceeded to go on a rampage.

1990 | Homosexuality was removed from the list of psychiatric diseases by the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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BIRTHDAYS

1979 | English footballer, Wayne Thomas.

1983 | American basketball player, Channing Frye.

1965 | English journalist and author, Jeremy Vine.

1985 | Christine Nesbitt, Canadian speed skater

1939 | Baron Dykes, English politician, Hugh Dykes.

1962 | Scottish-American comedian, movie actor, and talk show host, Craig Ferguson.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2004 | Iraqi politician, Ezzedine Salim, 61. 

1999 | Canadian trumpet player, and producer, Bruce Fairbairn, 50.

2013 | Argentine general and politician, 42nd President of Argentina, Jorge Rafael Videla, 88. 

1977 | American admiral and pilot, Charles E. Rosendahl, 85.

2004 | American actor, Tony Randall, 84.

SPORTS

1860 | German football club TSV 1860 München was founded on this day.

ENTERTAINMENT

2019 | We Have Always Lived in the Castle” was released on this day in the United States.

AFRICA FACT 

The Toubou tribe, who live in the Tibetan Mountains, are known as the best camel runners in the world. Competitions are held regularly to determine the village champions. Tourists from all over the world visit the mountains to participate in the camel race.