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 This day in History - May 17
436 Historic Events for May 17
1673

Jozef LD von K”nigsegg, Austria, milt minister of Austrian Netherlands

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1673

Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi

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1678

King Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty

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1691

Antoine Court, French reformed theologist

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1695

Cornelis de Heem, painter, dies

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1712

Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria honored as "sovereign of Netherlands"

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1727

Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1725-27), dies

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1729

Samuel Clarke, theologian, dies

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1732

Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer

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1733

England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions

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1741

John Penn, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence) [OS=May 6]

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1742

Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians

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1744

French army takes Austrian Netherlands

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1749

Edward Jenner, England, physician, discovered vaccination

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1750

-18] Tax revolt in Gorinchem

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1756

Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French and Indian War)

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1768

Caroline, Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV

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1787

English slave ship Sisters, from Africa to Cuba, capsizes

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1792

24 merchants form NY Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street

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1794

Hard frost in southern New England

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1794

Anna Brownell Jameson, Dublin, writer

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1796

Martinus J Niewindt, bishop of Cura‡ao (christen slaves)

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1796

Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, composer, dies at 89

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1800

Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer

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1803

Robert Smith Surtees, novelist

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