May 17th

2014
The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India.
Bharatiya Janata Party
2011
Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement confirming a Los Angeles Times report that he had fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade earlier.
Arnold Schwarzenegger
2004
In Massachusetts, same-sex couples exchanged marriage vows for the first time in the United States.
Same-sex marriage in California
2000
Two former Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four black girls.
16th Street Baptist Church bombing
1999
Ehud Barak becomes Prime Minister of Israel. During his tenure, Barak attempted to revive the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). However, his efforts were unsuccessful.
Ehud Barak
1998
New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game in a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
List of Major League Baseball perfect games
1997
Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
1996
President Bill Clinton signed "Megan's Law," a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.
Megan's Law
1992
Orchestra leader Lawrence Welk died at age 89.
Lawrence Welk
1990
The WHO deletes homosexuality from its list of mental diseases. Precisely 14 years later, the first same-sex marriages in the United States were performed as Massachusetts became the first state to legalize them.
Homosexuality and psychology
1987
An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
USS Stark incident
1980
Rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating a black man.
1980 Miami riots
1973
Televised Watergate hearings opened, headed by North Carolina senator Sam Ervin.
United States Senate Watergate Committee
1972
Germany ratifies the Treaty of Warsaw. Chancellor Willy Brandt signed the treaty, by which Germany gives up any territorial claims and guarantees the Oder-Neisse line as the valid border to Poland.
Treaty of Warsaw (1970)
1971
The musical "Godspell" opened off-Broadway.
Godspell
1961
Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers.
Talk:Cuba/Archive 1
1954
The U.S. Supreme Court declares racially segregated public schools unconstitutional. Despite this landmark decision, de facto racial segregation was upheld for years in some areas of the United States.
Brown v. Board of Education
1946
President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
May 1946
1943
The Royal Air Force dambusters wreck three German dams. The RAF squadron used revolutionary bouncing bombs to avoid the torpedo nets protecting the dams. The audacious air raid was depicted in a 1954 war film.
Operation Chastise
1940
The Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War II.
German occupation of Belgium during World War II
1938
NBC aired the Information Please quiz show on the radio for the first time.
Information Please
1875
The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Churchill Downs
1829
John Jay, American statesman and the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, died at age 83.
John Jay
1803
John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine.
Polygraph (duplicating device)
1792
The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
Buttonwood Agreement
1527
Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive.
Narváez expedition