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Offbeat Datebook: Births and Deaths (sorted by age), Events and Holidays for May 17

Last Updated 05-18-2024

🎭Bobby Porter -- is 72 in the year 2024 and 73 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1952
Actor, Stuntman
Misc: midget stunt double
TV Shows: Quark (as Andy the Robot), Malcolm in the Middle (stunt coordiator)
Movie Titles: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jumanji

🎵Enya -- is 63 in the year 2024 and 64 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1961
Songwriter, Pianist, New Age Singer, Irish
Names/Places: RN:Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin; PRON:Enya Nee VREE-nine
Misc: Whimsical Will's raving fave
Song Titles: Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)
Album Titles: Enya, Watermark, Shepherd Moons, The Celts, The Memory of Trees, A Day Without Rain

🎭Craig Ferguson -- is 62 in the year 2024 and 63 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1962 N.S.
Actor, Comedian, TV Talk Show Host, Scottish
TV Shows: Drew Carey Show (as Nigel Wick), The Late Late Show (host)

🎭Tahj Mowry -- is 38 in the year 2024 and 39 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1986
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Baby Daddy (as Tucker Dobbs), Kim Possible (as Wade Load), Smart Guy (as T.J. Henderson)
Movie Titles: Seventeen Again

Robert Smith Surtees -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1803 d.3/16/1864 (60)
Novelist, English
Misc: Novelist of the chase and the creator of Mr. Jorrocks, one of the great comic characters of English literature, a Cockney grocer who is as blunt as John Bull and entirely given over to fox hunting.

Ayatollah Khomeini -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1903 d.6/4/1989 (86)
Head of State (m)
Names/Places: FN:Ruhollah
Misc: Iran leader; June 4 date of decease is Iran time, some say b. 1901 or 1902 or Sep 23 1902, another news source said b. 1900

🎵Bob Merrill -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1921 d.2/17/1998 (76)
Lyricist, Songwriter
Misc: wrote scores to the musicals "Funny Girl" and "Carnival"
Song Titles: How Much is That Doggie in the Window (writer)

✍🎭🎵Howard Ashman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1951 d.3/14/1991 (39)
Dramatist/Playwright (m), Director (m), Lyricist, Gay
Movie Titles: Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast

🎭Bill Paxton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1955 N.S. d.2/25/2017 N.S. (61)
Actor, Producer/Director (m)
Song Titles: Fish Heads (video)
TV Shows: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as John Garrett), Training Day (as Det. Frank Rourke)
Movie Titles: Aliens, Edge of Tomorrow, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic, Mighty Joe Young, A Simple Plan, U-571, Thunderbirds To The Rescue

🎵Country Dick Montana -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1955 d.11/8/1995 (40)
Singer, Drummer
Names/Places: RN:Daniel Monty McLain
Group Names: The Beat Farmers, soloist
Song Titles: Happy Boy, Lakeside Trailer Park (previous titles as Beat Farmers lead)

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🎭Bob Saget -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1956 N.S. d.1/9/2022 N.S. (65)
TV Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Variety Show Host, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia
TV Shows: Full House (as Danny Tanner also on Fuller House), America's Funniest Home Videos, How I Met Your Mother (as Older Ted Mosby), 1 vs 100 (host)
Movie Titles: Entourage (as himself), Madagascar

🎭Robert E. "Wheezer" Hutchins -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/29/1925 N.S. d.5/17/1945 N.S. (20)
Movie Actor
Movie Titles: Our Gang

🎭🎵Frank Gallop -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/30/1900 d.5/17/1988 (87)
Actor, Announcer (m), Novelty Singer
Song Titles: The Ballad of Irving
TV Shows: Buick Circus Hour (ringmaster), Perry Como Show, Kraft Television Shows

🎵Lawrence Welk -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/11/1903 d.5/17/1992 (89)
Music Producer, Accordionist, Bandleader, Conductor
Names/Places: b. in Strassburg, MD; NN: The King of Champagne Music
Misc: Polka
TV Shows: The Lawrence Welk Show (host)

🎵Johnny "Guitar" Watson -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/3/1935 N.S. d.5/17/1996 N.S. (61)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Pianist, Blues Guitarist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Misc: influenced musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa

🎨Dave Berg -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/12/1920 N.S. d.5/17/2002 N.S. (81)
Cartoonist
Misc: Mad Magazine

⛪🎭🎵Tony Randall -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/26/1920 d.5/17/2004 (84)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Tulsa, Okla.; RN:Leonard Rosenberg; Florence's hubby
TV Shows: One Man's Family (as Mac, Mr. Peepers' Harvey Weskit), The Odd Couple (as Felix Unger), Tony Randall Show (as Judge Walter Franklin), Love-Sydney (as Sidney Shorr)

🎭Frank Gorshin -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/5/1934 d.5/17/2005 (71)
Actor, Comedian, Impressionist
Names/Places: b. in Pittsburgh
TV Shows: Batman (as The Riddler)

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🎨⛪🎭🎵Donna Summer -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/31/1948 N.S. d.5/17/2012 N.S. (63)
Hall of Famer, Artist, Baptist, Movie Actress, Songwriter, Disco Singer
Names/Places: Bruce Sudano's wife, b. in Boston; RN:LaDonna Andrea Gaines; NN:The Queen of Disco
Misc: novelty song about her: Donna Summer On The Radio
Song Titles: Last Dance, Hot Stuff, Love To Love You Baby, Heaven Knows, I Feel Love, Bad Girls, MacArthur Park, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough with Barbra Streisand), On The Radio, Sunset People, The Wanderer, Dim All The Lights, She Works Hard for the Money, Love is in Control, Dinner With Gershwin, This Time I Know It's For Real
Album Titles: Live and More, Love to Love You Baby, I Remember Yesterday, Bad Girls, The Wanderer, She Works Hard for the Money
Movie Titles: Thank God It's Friday

Related Events on This Date

In 1890, First regular weekly comic paper (Comic Cuts) (England).

In 1940, The Donald Duck film, “Bill Posters” is released. Goofy also appears.

In 1947, Bobo, Cartoon Character, by Warner Bros., debuts.

In 1958, On the cover of TV Guide: “Danny Thomas and TV Family”. Other Articles: Names of Theme Songs, Maverick

In 1962, R.C., “Nut Rocker” by B. Bumble and The Stingers peaked at number one on the United Kingdom pop singles chart.

In 1969, On the cover of TV Guide: “Marlo Thomas”. Other Articles: Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Pogo

In 1969, R.C., “My Wife, My Dog, My Cat” by Maskman and The Agents peaked at #92 on the pop singles chart.

In 1975, On the cover of TV Guide: “Barry Newman of Petrocelli”. Other Articles: Monty Python

In 1975, R.C., “The Funky Gibbon” by The Goodies peaked at #79 on the pop singles chart.

In 1976, “On The Rocks”, TV Comedy; last aired on ABC.

In 1977, “Toledo Window Box” album by George Carlin was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1978, The disco movie “Thank God Itʹs Friday” starring Jeff Goldblum premiered in Los Angeles. It also featured music from Donna Summer and the Village People.

In 1980, Paul and Linda McCartney pop up on “Saturday Night Live,” guest hosted for the eighth time by Steve Martin. Father Guido Sarducci interviews the McCartneys where it was 4:30am Sunday morning while it was 12:30am in New York City.

In 1980, VS Kumar Anandan sets record of balancing on one foot for 33 hours.

In 1985, 05 x 17 = 85

In 1986, R.C., “The Chicken Song” by Spitting Image peaked at number one on the United Kingdom pop singles chart.

In 1987, In the “Return of The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman,” Steve Austin (not the wrestler) reunites with both his test-pilot son Michael (from a previous marriage) and former love Jamie Sommers. After various exploits of derring-do (involving cheesy sound effects when either lead moves in slow motion), Michael is involved in an accident similar to his fatherʹs and turned into a bionic teen.

In 1989, Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!

In 1992, Bandleader Lawrence Welk died in Santa Monica, California, of pneumonia at age 89. Known for his “champagne music” style, he hosted his own TV show, which ran on ABC for 16 years and continued in syndication for 11 more. His biggest pop hit came in 1961 when “Calcutta” topped Billboardʹs Hot 100 for two weeks.

In 1993, Actress Eileen Davidson makes her debut on “Days of Our Lives” as Kristen Blake, the adopted daughter of Stefano DiMera. By the time she leaves Salem in 1998, Davidson will have also simultaneously portrayed Kristenʹs bucktoothed look-a-like Susan Banks, and the rest of the Banks siblings: nun Sister Mary Moira, hit man Thomas, and the Banks tripletsʹ heretofore-unknown quadruplet sister, actress Penelope Kent.

In 1994, On Roseanne, Clint Ritchie, Robert S. Woods, and John Loprieno from One Life to Live appearred as their Buchanan characters Clint, Bo, and Cord respectively.

In 1995, Today in Late Show w/ Letterman History: In London, the legendary Peter OʹToole (“Lawrence of Arabia”) arrives onstage riding a racing camel.

In 1997, In Plainville, Connecticut, Tony Quirion saw a dealership flier for a 1983 Cadillac that said the “First 10,000 Bananas Takes It.” So, he called up a fruit wholesaler and priced out 10,000 bananas for about $1,100 — less than half the cash price of the Caddy. Quirion then showed up at Chrisʹ Auto Wholesalers along with the mountain of bananas and got the car. “I opened my mouth and someone brings in bananas,” Pio said. “I had to hold myself to my word.”

In 2000, The series finale of “Beverly Hills 90210” aired after ten long years and 300 episodes with the marriage of David and Donna. The “teenage” actors started out just joining Social Security and will be retiring at the Rest Home For Washed Up Teen Idols.

In 2000, They Might Be Giants begins offering its second MP3-only release, the EP “Working Undercover For The Man.” Comprised of all new, previously unreleased studio recordings, the eight-song set is available via Emusic.com for $7.99, with single tracks available for 99 cents each.

In 2000, “Hooray For Boobies” album by Bloodhound Gang was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

In 2004, Actor Tony Randall died in New York at age 84.

In 2005, Impressionist and actor Frank Gorshin died in Burbank, California, at age 72.

In 2019, The owners of the pet known as Grumpy Cat, an internet sensation because of her sourpuss expression, announced on social media that the feline had died at her Arizona home at the age of seven.

In 2085, 05 x 17 = 85

Movie Releases On This Date

In 1979, "Winter Kills" was released by AVCO Embassy Pictures; William Richert (director/screenplay); Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, Belinda Bauer, Dorothy Malone, Tomas Milian, Toshiro Mifune, Richard Boone, Ralph Meeker, David Spielberg, Brad Dexter, Gladys Hill, Joe Spinell, Irving Selbst, Sidney Lanier, Lissette Álvarez, Byron Morrow, John Warner, Tisa Farrow, Gianni Russo, Kim O'Brien, Erin Gray, Elizabeth Taylor, Ed Madsen; Black Comedy; Live Action

In 1985, "Goodbye, New York" was released by Castle Hill Productions; Amos Kollek (director/screenplay); Julie Hagerty, Amos Kollek, Shmuel Shilo, Aviva Ger, Dudu Topaz, Jennifer Prichard, Christopher Goutman, Hanan Goldblatt, Mosko Alkalai, Joseph Kaplanian, Ron Rabinovich, Sophie Haber; Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 1987, "The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" was released by NBC / Universal; Ray Austin (director); Michael Sloan (screenplay); Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Schanley, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lee Majors II, Martin Landau, Gary Lockwood, William Campbell, Terry Kiser, Bob Seagren, Scott Kraft, Bryan Cranston, Pamela Bryant, Catherine McGoohan, Leonard Kibrick, Will Bledsoe, Gary Blumsack, Robert F. Hoy, Cheryl McMannis, Patrick Pankhurst, Danil Torppe, Susan Woollen, Keith Farrell, Phil Nordell, Deborah White, Kawena Charlot, Michele Minailo; Sci-Fi, Action; Live action

In 1991, "What About Bob?" was released by Touchstone Pictures; Frank Oz (director); Tom Schulman (screenplay); Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo, Kathryn Erbe, Tom Aldredge, Susan Willis, Roger Bowen, Fran Brill, Doris Belack; Comedy; Live Action

In 1991, "Mannequin Two: On the Move" was released by 20th Century Fox / Gladden Entertainment; Stewart Raffill (director); Edward Rugoff, Michael Gottlieb, David Isaacs, Ken Levine, Betsy Israel (screenplay); Kristy Swanson, William Ragsdale, Meshach Taylor, Terry Kiser, Stuart Pankin, Cynthia Harris, Andrew Hill Newman; Romantic, Comedy; Live Action

In 1992, "Intruders" was released by CBS Entertainment Productions / Dan Curtis Productions / Osiris Films; Dan Curtis (director); Barry Oringer, Tracy Tormé (screenplay); Richard Crenna, Mare Winningham, Susan Blakely, Daphne Ashbrook, Alan Autry, Ben Vereen, Steven Berkoff, Jason Beghe, Rosalind Chao, Robert Mandan, Warren Frost, G.D. Spradlin, Forry Smith, Glenn Morshower, John Snyder, Romy Rosemont, François Chau, Bre Blair, Joseph Cousins, Christian Cousins, Lorry Goldman, Time Winters, Rhonda Dotson, Alexander Zale, Courtney Barilla, Virginia Morris; Biography, Horror, Mystery; Live Action

In 1995, "The City of Lost Children" was released by Sony Pictures Classics; Marc Caro (director); Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director/screenplay); Gilles Adrien (screenplay); Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Joseph Lucien, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Genevieve Brunet, Odile Mallet, Mireille Mosse, Serge Merlin, Francois-Hadji-Lazaro, Rufus, Ticky Holgado, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marc Caro, Lorella Cravotta; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama; Live Action

In 1998, "Creature" was released by ABC; Stuart Gillard (director); Peter Benchley, Rockne S. O'Bannon (screenplay); Craig T. Nelson, Kim Cattrall, Colm Feore, Michael Reilly Burke, Michael Michele, Matthew Carey, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Blu Mankuma, John Aylward, Giancarlo Esposito, Gary Reineke, Antoni Corone, Peter Benchley, Jill Teed, Rick Ravanello, Colin Lawrence, Brian Steele; Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller; Live Action

In 2002, "About a Boy" was released by Universal Pictures / StudioCanal / Working Title Films; Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz (directors/screenplay); Peter Hedges (screenplay); Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Natalia Tena, Sharon Small, Nicholas Hutchinson, Victoria Smurfit, Isabel Brook, Ben Ridgeway, Jenny Galloway, Augustus Prew, Denise Stephenson, Rosalind Knight, Tim Rice; Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 2002, "The Importance of Being Earnest" was released by Miramax Films; Oliver Parker (director/screenplay); Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey, Edward Fox, Patrick Godfrey; Romance, Comedy, Drama; Live Action

Unusual Songs Charting in the U.S.

In 1958, “Witch Doctor” by The Music Of David Seville charted at number 1 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Tequila” by The Champs charted at number 8 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Lollipop” by The Chordettes charted at number 12 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Don't You Just Know It” by Huey (Piano) Smith And The Clowns charted at number 17 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Lazy Mary (Luna Mezzo Mare)” by Lou Monte charted at number 20 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “The Little Blue Man” by Betty Johnson charted at number 38 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu” by Dickey Doo And The Don'ts charted at number 42 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Dinner With Drac (Part 1)” by John Zacherle 'The Cool Ghoul' charted at number 72 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Short Shorts” by The Royal Teens charted at number 100 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Hair” by Cowsills charted at number 2 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Gitarzan” by Ray Stevens charted at number 9 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Pinball Wizard” by The Who charted at number 20 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “My Wife, My Dog, My Cat” by Maskman And The Agents charted at number 91 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Chevy Van” by Sammy Johns charted at number 25 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Misty” by Ray Stevens charted at number 48 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)” by Johnny Wakelin And The Kinshasa Band charted at number 53 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Why Can't We Be Friends?” by War charted at number 60 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “The Bertha Butt Boogie” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch charted at number 73 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Shaving Cream” by Benny Bell charted at number 75 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Long Haired Country Boy” by The Charlie Daniels Band charted at number 77 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “The Funky Gibbon” by The Goodies charted at number 79 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Theme From 'The Rockford Files'” by Mike Post charted at number 93 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “No Charge” by Shirley Caesar charted at number 100 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Cars” by Gary Numan charted at number 12 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Love Stinks” by The J. Geils Band charted at number 44 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Theme From 'New York, New York'” by Frank Sinatra charted at number 49 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Rock Lobster” by The B-52's charted at number 58 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “It's Hard To Be Humble” by Mac Davis charted at number 69 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones charted at number 19 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “I Wanna Be A Cowboy” by Boys Don't Cry charted at number 33 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco charted at number 36 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Vienna Calling” by Falco charted at number 38 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Hands Across America” by Voices Of America charted at number 65 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Living On Video” by Trans-X charted at number 79 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Theme From 'Peter Gunn'” by The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy charted at number 88 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “MmmBop” by Hanson charted at number 2 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 28 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “I Shot The Sheriff” by Warren G charted at number 33 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Here's Your Sign (Get The Picture)” by Travis Tritt And Billy Engvall charted at number 48 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “ESPN Presents The Jock Jam” by Various Artists charted at number 54 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 79 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in the Alt-U.S.

In 1997, “Hell” by Squirrel Nut Zippers charted at number 72 on the Alt-U.S. Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in the U.K.

In 1958, “Lollipop” by Mudlarks charted at number 4 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Lollipop” by The Chordettes charted at number 9 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1958, “Tequila” by The Champs charted at number 11 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Pinball Wizard” by The Who charted at number 10 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe charted at number 11 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Harlem Shuffle” by Bob And Earl charted at number 13 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Wombling White Tie And Tails” by The Wombles charted at number 23 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “The Funky Gibbon” by The Goodies charted at number 42 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles” by West Ham United Cup Squad charted at number 48 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Theme From 'M*A*S*H' (Suicide Is Painless)” by The MASH charted at number 23 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “The Bucket Of Water Song” by Four Bucketeers charted at number 26 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Night Boat To Cairo” by Madness charted at number 49 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Poison Ivy” by Lambrettas charted at number 63 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “The Chicken Song” by Spitting Image charted at number 1 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco charted at number 4 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Lobster / Planet Claire” by The B-52's charted at number 20 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Just Say No” by Cast Of Grange Hill charted at number 27 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Living Doll” by Comic Relief Presents Cliff Richard And The Young Ones Featuring Hank Marvin charted at number 31 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Sittin' On Top Of The World” by Liverpool Football Team 1986 charted at number 50 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “E = MC²” by Big Audio Dynamite charted at number 64 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Theme From 'Peter Gunn'” by The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy charted at number 70 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Everybody's Cheering The Blues” by Everton Football Club charted at number 83 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Love Missile F1-11” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik charted at number 98 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “Take Your Shoes Off” by The Cheeky Girls charted at number 3 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “Do It With Madonna” by The Androids charted at number 15 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “Spirit In The Sky” by Gareth Gates Featuring The Kumars charted at number 29 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “Smoke On The Water” by Senor Coconut And His Orchestra charted at number 94 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 2008, “Bluebirds Flying High” by James Fox And Cardiff City FC charted at number 15 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” by Kristen Bell Featuring Agatha Lee Monn And Katie Lopez charted at number 28 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 43 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Australia

In 1958, “Tequila” by The Champs charted at number 6 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe charted at number 5 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles charted at number 9 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Gitarzan” by Ray Stevens charted at number 12 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Newcastle Song / Ventriloquist Love” by Bob Hudson charted at number 2 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Black Superman (Muhammad Ali) / Bang The Drum” by Johnny Wakelin And The Kinshasa Band charted at number 11 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “If / Rubber Bands And Bits Of String” by Telly Savalas charted at number 18 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Shaving Cream / The Girl From Chicago” by Benny Bell charted at number 57 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Beer Barrel Polka / Dick And Jane” by Bobby Vinton charted at number 66 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Beer Barrel Polka / Baby How Are You” by Denny Christian charted at number 97 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Rock Lobster / 6060-842” by The B-52's charted at number 3 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Space Invaders / A Menacing Glow In The Sky” by Player [1] charted at number 5 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Day Trip To Bangor (Didn't We Have A Lovely Time) / Peel The Tatties” by Fiddler's Dram charted at number 19 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Skinny Girls / Oh Johnny” by Alan O'Day charted at number 23 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Turning Japanese / Here Comes The Judge (Live)” by The Vapors charted at number 29 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Walking On The Moon / Visions Of The Night” by The Police charted at number 40 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Money (That's What I Want) / Money (That's What I Want) (pt. 2)” by The Flying Lizards charted at number 43 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “An Englishman In New York (Strange Apparatus) / Silent Running” by Godley And Creme charted at number 46 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Drac's Back / Carry On Sharon” by Andy Forray charted at number 56 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Captain Beaky / Wilfred The Weasel / Blanche” by Keith Michell, Captain Beaky And His Band charted at number 58 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life / Brian” by Monty Python charted at number 63 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Movin' Right Along / Never Before, Never Again (Instrumental)” by Kermit The Frog (Jim Henson) And Fozzie Bear charted at number 64 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Rapper's Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang charted at number 75 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Planet Claire / There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)” by The B-52's charted at number 82 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Day Trip To Bangor (Didn't We Have A Lovely Time) / What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor” by Duffy's Band charted at number 88 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Living Doll” by Comic Relief Presents Cliff Richard And The Young Ones Featuring Hank Marvin charted at number 1 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Russians” by Sting charted at number 11 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco charted at number 22 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones charted at number 25 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Love Missile F1-11” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik charted at number 47 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Theme From 'Peter Gunn'” by The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy charted at number 48 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 2 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Fire Water Burn” by Bloodhound Gang charted at number 15 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “I Shot The Sheriff” by Warren G charted at number 16 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “I Will Survive” by CAKE charted at number 29 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “The Distance” by CAKE charted at number 42 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 2008, “Psycho Teddy” by Psycho Teddy charted at number 5 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” by Kristen Bell Featuring Agatha Lee Monn And Katie Lopez charted at number 45 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 49 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in New Zealand

In 1975, “Chevy Van” by Sammy Johns charted at number 2 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Shaving Cream” by Benny Bell charted at number 13 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Money (That's What I Want)” by The Flying Lizards charted at number 18 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Walking On The Moon” by The Police charted at number 24 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Day Trip To Bangor (Didn't We Have A Lovely Time)” by Cathy And The Cucumbers charted at number 44 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Living Doll” by Comic Relief Presents Cliff Richard And The Young Ones Featuring Hank Marvin charted at number 1 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones charted at number 5 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco charted at number 7 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Russians” by Sting charted at number 30 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Pull Up To The Bumper” by Grace Jones charted at number 33 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Love Missile F1-11” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik charted at number 40 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “I Shot The Sheriff” by Warren G charted at number 7 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 20 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Fire Water Burn” by Bloodhound Gang charted at number 21 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 2008, “The Distant Future EP” by Flight Of The Conchords charted at number 36 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “Everything Is AWESOME!!!” by Tegan And Sara Featuring The Lonely Island charted at number 33 on the New Zealand Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Sweden

In 1986, “Living Doll” by Comic Relief Presents Cliff Richard And The Young Ones Featuring Hank Marvin charted at number 9 on the Sweden Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 14 on the Sweden Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Austria

In 1975, “Der Ur-Ur-Enkel von Frankenstein” by Frank Zander charted at number 5 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas charted at number 7 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Rapper's Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang charted at number 20 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Love Missile F1-11” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik charted at number 9 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones charted at number 13 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Theme From 'Peter Gunn'” by The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy charted at number 28 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 23 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 32 on the Austria Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in the Netherlands

In 1969, “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe charted at number 6 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Harlem Shuffle” by Bob And Earl charted at number 10 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus (Canadian / American '86-Mix)” by Falco charted at number 2 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Living Doll” by Comic Relief Presents Cliff Richard And The Young Ones Featuring Hank Marvin charted at number 5 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Love Missile F1-11” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik charted at number 48 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Fire Water Burn” by Bloodhound Gang charted at number 9 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

In 2008, “Lollipop” by MIKA charted at number 46 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 50 on the Dutch Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in France

In 1986, “Russians” by Sting charted at number 36 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones charted at number 44 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 11 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “Paris Latino” by Star Academy 2 charted at number 76 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 58 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “We Are One (Ole Ola) [The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Song]” by Pitbull Featuring Jennifer Lopez And Cláudia Leitte charted at number 80 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “I Love It” by Icona Pop Featuring Charli XCX charted at number 155 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “I Put A Spell On You” by Igit charted at number 174 on the France Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz charted at number 198 on the France Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Norway

In 1980, “Rapper's Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang charted at number 8 on the Norway Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco charted at number 7 on the Norway Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Fire Water Burn” by Bloodhound Gang charted at number 4 on the Norway Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Roses Are Red” by Aqua charted at number 5 on the Norway Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “Woodpeckers From Space” by Spritney Bears charted at number 2 on the Norway Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 20 on the Norway Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Switzerland

In 1969, “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe charted at number 5 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “If” by Telly Savalas charted at number 7 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Love Missile F1-11” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik charted at number 6 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones charted at number 28 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 31 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “Paris Latino” by Star Academy 2 charted at number 66 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 2003, “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)” by Las Ketchup charted at number 81 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 2008, “Lollipop” by MIKA charted at number 75 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “We Are One (Ole Ola) [The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Song]” by Pitbull Featuring Jennifer Lopez And Cláudia Leitte charted at number 51 on the Swiss Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Canada

In 1958, “Witch Doctor” by The Music Of David Seville charted at number 4 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Hair” by Cowsills charted at number 2 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Pinball Wizard” by The Who charted at number 6 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Gitarzan” by Ray Stevens charted at number 11 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1969, “Running Bear” by Sonny James charted at number 100 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Chevy Van” by Sammy Johns charted at number 11 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Shaving Cream” by Benny Bell charted at number 24 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “The Bertha Butt Boogie” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch charted at number 31 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “The No No Song” by Ringo Starr charted at number 45 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Hit The Road Jack” by The Stampeders charted at number 72 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1975, “Misty” by Ray Stevens charted at number 76 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Rock Lobster” by The B-52's charted at number 4 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Cars” by Gary Numan charted at number 6 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Money (That's What I Want)” by The Flying Lizards charted at number 20 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again” by George Burns charted at number 41 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles charted at number 42 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Love Stinks” by The J. Geils Band charted at number 54 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1980, “Nyet, Nyet Soviet (Soviet Jewellery)” by B.B. Gabor charted at number 67 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Harlem Shuffle” by The Rolling Stones charted at number 11 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “I Wanna Be A Cowboy” by Boys Don't Cry charted at number 29 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Vienna Calling” by Falco charted at number 31 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco charted at number 70 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1986, “Theme From 'Peter Gunn'” by The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy charted at number 94 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “MmmBop” by Hanson charted at number 5 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 8 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 52 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Alt-Canada

In 1997, “Your Woman (aka >Abort, Retry, Fail?_)” by White Town charted at number 9 on the Alt-Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “MmmBop” by Hanson charted at number 23 on the Alt-Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1997, “I Love Candy” by 54-40 charted at number 69 on the Alt-Canada Pop Singles Chart

Unusual Songs Charting in Finland

In 2014, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers charted at number 8 on the Finland Pop Singles Chart

The Holiday Almanacs May 17, 2025

What's Today?

Today is Sat May the 17 in the year 2025
Jan 1 began on a Wed
This is day 137 of the year
Serialnumber = 45782
Julian date = 2460801 O.S.= 5 - 4 - 2025

Calendar

Holidays

Feast of St. John Nepomucenus.
Feast of St. Paschal Baylon, confessor.
St. Madron Feast Day
World Telecommunications Day
National Hospital Week (Day 7)
Salvation Army Week (Day 6)
Alcohol and Other Drug Related Birth Defects Week Ends
Kiwanis Prayer Week Ends
National Educational Bosses Week Ends
National Hamburger Week Ends
National Historic Preservation Week Ends
National Nursing Home Week ends.
National Osteoporosis Prevention Week Ends
National Safe Kids Week Ends
National Salvation Army Week Ends
National Small Business Week Ends
National Stuttering Awareness Week Ends
Universal Family Week Ends
Herb Day
Kids Helping Kids Day
Migratory Bird Day
National Police Week Ends
[Angel's Camp, Calif] Jumping Frog Jubilee
[USA] Armed Forces Day (1950)
[USA] International Chicken Flying Meet (3rd Saturday)
[USA] Preakness Stakes in Maryland (2nd jewel in horse racing triple crown)
National Transportation Week Ends
[USA] National Transportation Week Ends
Constitution Day (Norwegian Independence Day).
National Memo Day
[Cuba] Agrarian Reform/Peasant Day
[Norway] Independence Day/Constitution Day (1814)
[UN] World Telecommunications Day

Reminders

Astrological Sign: Gemini: The Twins (5-21 thru 6-20); Ruling Planet: Mercury. Element: Air. Traits: Mentally active, talkative, versatile. Body part associated with this sign: The arms. Occupations: Crafts, communications, work dealing with intricate problems, sales, small businesses.
Flowers: Hawthorne and Lily of the Valley
Gem: Emerald and Agate
Full Moon: the Flower Moon, the Song Moon and the Hare Moon or the Faery Moon.
Better Hearing Month
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Breathe Easy Month
Correct Posture Month
Date Your Mate Month
Electrical Safety Month
Family Support Month
Foot Health Month
Freedom Shrine Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Gazpacho Aficionado Time
Good Car Keeping Month
Healthy Baby Month
Home Improvement Months (not the TV show) (from April-Sep)
International Better Hearing Month
Iowa Tourism Month
May's name comes from the Latin word maiores, or elders.
Mental Health Month
Modern Dance Month
Motorcycle Awareness Month
National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month
National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Month
National Arthritis Month
National Asparagus Month
National Barbecue Month
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Touring Theatre Month
Festival of Dea Dia (Roman goddess of cornfields).
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