On This Day In History, 17 May

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World Events Today

  • The first flight by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines took place today in 1920, it was from Croydon Airport in London to Amsterdam
  • One of the most recognisable landmarks in Hong Kong, The Bank of China Tower, opened today in 1990

Entertainment Events Today

  • The children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was first published today in 1900
  • The first Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest quick service restaurant chain, opened today in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • The American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, won 8 awards at the Billboard Music Awards ceremony today in 2015

Family Events Today

  • The American actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper, known for Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now, was born today in 1936 in Kansas
  • Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, better known as the Irish singer-songwriter Enya, whose hits include Orinoco Flow and Only Time, was born today in 1961 in County Donegal
  • LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known as the American singer-songwriter Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco”, died today in 2012 aged 63

Main Event Today

  • During World War II, the Dam Busters, using purpose-built “bouncing bombs”, hit their targets today in 1943, they caused major flooding in the Ruhr and Eder valleys in West Germany

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Walnut Day

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