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MAY, 17.2016   ۩  World Information Society Day; International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia; Navy Day (Argentina); Liberation Day of Democratic Republic of Congo; National Famine Memorial Day (Ireland); Galician Literature Day or Día das Letras Galegas (Galicia)   1673: Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River 1682: Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate was born in Casnewydd Bach, Pembrokeshire, Wales 1792: The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree on what is now Wall Street1814: Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian ● 1865: The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) was established in Paris ● 1902: Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer 1940: The Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War II 1940: The old city centre of the Dutch town of Middelburg was bombed by the German Luftwaffe, to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland, during World War II 1970: Thor Heyerdahl set sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean 1983: Lebanon, Israel and the United States signed an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon 1997: Troops of Laurent Kabila marched into Kinshasa. Zaire was officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo 2006: The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef 2013: Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentine general & politician, 42nd President of Argentina, died

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