Today in History: May 17th


Some of the historical events that took place on May 17th, that made headlines in the last five years

2014 African leaders meet in Paris to discuss ways to fight Boko Haram, the Islamist group that kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls over a month ago in Nigeria; the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been seen as slow to respond to the situation

2014 Google, Inc. and Apple, Inc. have agreed to drop certain patent lawsuits against each other; the lawsuits revolve around Google’s Motorola Mobility technology

2013 Former President of Argentina, Jorge Rafael Videla dies in a jail in Marcos Paze, Buenos Aires

2013 The brightest lunar meteor impact ever observed is recorded by NASA

2012 U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro, says America ‘is ready’ to attack Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons

2012 Security chief Zhou Yongkang is asked to be removed by a group of Chinese Communist Party veterans

The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show is recorded in Chicago, Illinois; many celebrities attend the star-studded event

The oldest panda in the world, Ming Ming, dies at the age of 34 in Guangdong, China

Iceland’s volcano causes Britain’s two busiest airports to close in addition to Dublin Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol