2022 May

May 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 17

May 17th is officially World Baking Day and Pack Rat Day.

Today is the 137th day of the year, and there are 228 days left of the year.

Today might be an important one to you or, perhaps you just want a lesson in history for this day? Well here we are going to cover the most interesting historical events, celebrity births, deaths and much more that all fell on May 17 throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1861, the first ever color photo was taken? The picture was taken by Thomas Sutton and had a tartan ribbon as the subject.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 17th in history!

What Events Happened On May 17 In History?


Blurryface, the fourth studio album by Twenty One Pilots was released.

It was also the first album ever to have every track gold-certified.

Massachusetts became the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.


Chattahoochee single was released by Alan Jackson.

It won the Country Music Award Single of the Year, as well as Billboard Song of the Year.

Atari was founded by Jack Tramiel as Tramel Technology, Ltd.

The company changed their name to Atari just under two months later. Atari released several video gaming consoles and introduced us to some of the most iconic games in history such as Space Invaders and Pac-Man.

Stephen Schwartz’ musical “Godspell” premiered off-Broadway.


The first Tim Hortons opened in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton.

The original name was Tim Horton Donuts before changing to just Tim Hortons.

The first televised baseball game was broadcasted on NBC, featuring Princeton defeating Colombia 2-1.


The Naval Act of 1938 passed in United States legislation.

It authorized a 20% increase in strength of the United States Navy.

The first-ever color photo was taken.

OTD in 1861: The first-ever color photo was taken.
With the combined efforts of James Clerk Maxwell, a Scottish physicist, and Thomas Sutton, a photographer, they successfully captured the first color photo, which was a photo of a tartan ribbon.

The diaries of Lord Byron were burned by six of the poet’s friends.

OTD in 1824: The diaries of Lord Byron were burned by six of the poet's friends.
Often recognized as the greatest crime in literary history, Lord Byron's friend, Murray, saw the memoirs as being scandalous enough to forever damage Byron's reputation. All of this, despite the fact that Byron himself declared that he wished the memoirs to be published.

Great Britain passed the Molasses Act.

This enacted high tariffs on imported rum and molasses to the colonies from any country other than Britain or its territories. The tax was not intended for generating revenue, but rather encourage the purchase of these items from Britain directly.

The first merry-go-round debuted at a fair in Philippopolis, Turkey.

May 17 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on this day share the Taurus star sign.

Taurus is an earth sign represented by the bull. Much like bulls, Taureans are known for their loyalty. They’re strong, proud, and devoted to the people around them.

Anyone born in May has the Emerald birthstone. Did you know that Columbia is the largest supplier of Emeralds and is responsible for more than 60% of the world’s production?

For people born on May 17, your estimated date of conception falls on August 24 in the previous year.

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Ross Butler? See what other famous people were born on this day.

Famous People Born On May 17

Ross Butler

Ross Butler

American Actor
Birthday: May 17, 1990
Age: 31 years old
Born In: Singapore, Singapore
Bob Saget

Bob Saget

American Comedian
Birthday: May 17, 1956
Died On: Jan 9, 2022 (Age 65)
Born In: Pennsylvania, USA

Special Holidays On May 17th

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

May 17: World Baking Day

World Baking Day

May 17: National Pack Rat Day

National Pack Rat Day

Did you know that on this day, May 17th 1861, the first ever color photo was taken?