11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 17th May

Trading Floor - New York Stock Exchange

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1756 - Britain declares war on France, beginning the French and Indian War

2. 1792 - New York's first stock exchange is established

3. 1943 - An RAF raid into the industrial heartland of Germany uses revolutionary bombs to flood the Ruhr valley

4. 1954 - Racial segregation in US schools is ruled unconstitutional

5. 1955 - UK Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden presents the largest-scale election broadcast ever seen on television

6. 1973 - The investigation of Watergate by the Senate begins televised hearings on the Watergate scandal

7. 1974 - Four car bombs explode in Dublin and Monaghan, leaving at least 23 dead and more than 100 injured

8. 1978 - The coffin containing the body of Charlie Chaplin - missing since his grave was pillaged nearly two months before - is found

9. 1984 - Poland becomes the 10th country to announce that they would not take part in the Los Angeles Olympic Games

10. 1992 - Nigell Mansell wins the San Marino Grand Prix to become the first Formula One driver in history to win the opening 5 races of a season

11. 2007 - Two trains, one from North Korea and one from South Korea, both carrying 150 passengers, become the first trains to pass between the two countries since the Korean War

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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