Daily Calendar for Saturday, May 17, 2025


  • Sandro Botticelli (artist; works include the painting Birth of Venusβ€β€œ) –
  • John Jay (first Chief Justice of the U.S.) –
  • John Deere (American manufacturer) –
  • Lawrence Welk (musician) –
  • Joe Black (baseball player) –
  • Tony Randall (actor; well known for his role as Felix Unger on the sitcom The Odd Couple) –
  • Frank Gorshin (actor best known for role as the Riddler on the Batman television series) –
  • Donna Summer (singer; Queen of Discoβ€β€œ) –


  • Edward Jenner (physician) –
  • Maureen O'Sullivan (actress) –
  • Dennis Hopper (actor) –
  • Bill Paxton (actor) –
  • Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer) –
  • Bob Saget (actor & comedian) –
  • Enya (New Age singer) –
  • Craig Ferguson (actor & television host) –
  • Tony Parker (basketball player) –


  • Joliet-Marquette Mississippi River expedition began–
  • The New York Stock Exchange established at Merchants Coffee House, New York City–
  • Fire began that destroyed part of St. Louis, Missouri–
  • First Kentucky Derby held–
  • District of Alaska created–
  • Clifton Fadiman hosted the NBC Blue network quiz show Information Please–
  • First coin-operated mailbox, the Mailomat, installed–
  • First U.S. cross-country helicopter flight ended–
  • U.S. Supreme Court issued Brown v. Board of Education decision, ruling that segregated schools are unconstitutional–
  • Senate Watergate Committee began public hearings–
  • Massachusetts became the first state to process marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples–
  • A team of rocketeers led by a Bloomington, MN, man claimed success in their goal of launching the first amateur rocket into space, sending a 21-foot rocket named GoFast an estimated 70 miles above the Nevada desert–
  • Peter Phillips, son of British Princess Anne, wed Canadian Autumn Kelly–
  • Allan Ganz honored for 67-year career (and counting) as ice-cream man–


  • A hard frost covered southern New England–
  • Portland, Maine, had 4.12 inches of rain in 12 hours–
  • The worst May blizzard in seven years hit Denver, Colorado–
  • Temperatures dipped to a mere 12 degrees F at the Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii–

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