May 17th is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year.
1521 – English nobleman Edward Stafford, whose father had been beheaded for rebelling against King Richard III, was himself executed for treason against King Henry VIII.
1642 – The Société Notre-Dame de Montréal founded a permanent mission known as Ville-Marie, which eventually grew into the city of Montreal.
1902 – The Antikythera mechanism (fragment pictured), the oldest known surviving geared mechanism, was discovered among artifacts retrieved from a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera.
1977 – The first Chuck E. Cheese’s location, the first family restaurant to integrate food, animated entertainment, and an indoor arcade, opened in San Jose, California, U.S.
2000 – Following the killings of two English football fans in the previous month by Galatasaray supporters, British and Turkish hooligans attacked each other on the day of the UEFA Cup Final.
Full House Actor Bob Saget turns 62
Singer Enya turns 57
Late Night Host Craig Ferguson turns 46
Reality Star Kandi Burruss turns 42
Twilight Star Nikki Reed turns 30