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2017

A Dog?s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron was one of the best seller of 2017.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2017.

2016

Green Room directed by Jeremy Saulnier was one of the most viewed movies released in 2016.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2016.

2015

Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller was one of the most viewed movies released in 2015.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2015.

2014

Neighbors directed by Nicholas Stoller was one of the most viewed movies released in 2014.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2014.

2013

Star Trek Into Darkness directed by J.J. Abrams was one of the most viewed movies released in 2013.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2013.

2012

The Dictator directed by Larry Charles was one of the most viewed movies released in 2012.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2012.

2011

Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2011.

2010

Robin Hood directed by Ridley Scott was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2010.

2009

Up directed by Pete Docter was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2009.

2008

What Happens in Vegas directed by Tom Vaughan was one of the most viewed movies released in 2008.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2008.

2007

28 Weeks Later directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was one of the most viewed movies released in 2007.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2007.

2006

Mission: Impossible III directed by J.J. Abrams was one of the most viewed movies released in 2006.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2006.

2005

Kingdom of Heaven directed by Ridley Scott was one of the most viewed movies released in 2005.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2005.

2004

Troy directed by Wolfgang Petersen was one of the most viewed movies released in 2004.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2004.

2003

X2 directed by Bryan Singer was one of the most viewed movies released in 2003.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2003.

2002

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones directed by George Lucas was one of the most viewed movies released in 2002.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2002.

2001

Famous people born on this day include Justin Kirk. In UK Don't Stop Movin' by S Club 7 was in the top 5 hits. Moulin Rouge!, directed by Baz Luhrmann, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2001. Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2001.

2000

The US president was Bill Clinton (Democratic). In that special week people in US were listening to Maria, Maria by Santana. Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2000. The Darwin Awards by Wendy Northcutt was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 2000.

1999

Famous people born on this day include Troy Sliney. In that special week people in US were listening to Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin. Notting Hill, directed by Roger Michell, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1999. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1999.

1998

Deep Impact directed by Mimi Leder was one of the most viewed movies released in 1998.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1998.

1997

Famous people born on this day include Eric Beckerman. In that special week people in US were listening to Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.. The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997. The President'S Daughter by Jack Higgins was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1997.

1996

Famous people born on this day include Sam King. In that special week people in US were listening to Tha Crossroads by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Dead Man, directed by Jim Jarmusch, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1996. A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1996.

1995

Famous people born on this day include Ilona Hallyday. In that special week people in US were listening to This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan. Die Hard: With a Vengeance, directed by John McTiernan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1995. Disney's Pocahontas by ---- was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1995.

1994

Famous people born on this day include Justin Martin. In UK Come On You Reds by Manchester United Football Squad was in the top 5 hits. The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1994. Lasher by Anne Rice was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1994.

1993

My Neighbor Totoro directed by Hayao Miyazaki was one of the most viewed movies released in 1993.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1993.

1992

Lethal Weapon 3 directed by Richard Donner was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1992.

1991

Famous people born on this day include Daniel Curtis Lee. In that special week people in US were listening to I Like The Way (The Kissing Game) by Hi-Five. What About Bob?, directed by Frank Oz, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1991. Darkness Visible by William Styron was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1991.

1990

Message From Nam by Danielle Steel was one of the best seller of 1990.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1990.

1989

Famous people born on this day include Jeniffer Kim. In UK Hand On Your Heart by Kylie Minogue was in the top 5 hits. See No Evil, Hear No Evil, directed by Arthur Hiller, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1989. A Woman Named Jackie by C. David Heymann was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1989.

1988

The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Nikki Reed. In UK Perfect by Fairground Attraction was in the top 5 hits. Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1988. The Home Planet by Kevin W. Kelley was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1988.

1987

La Bamba directed by Luis Valdez was one of the most viewed movies released in 1987.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1987.

1986

Famous people born on this day include Jaime Preciado. In that special week people in US were listening to Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston. Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1986. The Prince Of Tides by Pat Conroy was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1986.

1985

Dancing In The Light by Shirley MacLaine was one of the best seller of 1985.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1985.

1984

Famous people born on this day include Christian Bolanos. In that special week people in US were listening to Hello by Lionel Richie. The Natural, directed by Barry Levinson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984. The Auerbach Will by Stephen Birmingham was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1984.

1983

Famous people born on this day include Matthew Christian. In UK True by Spandau Ballet was in the top 5 hits. Breathless, directed by Jim McBride, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983. The F-Plan Diet by Audrey Eyton was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1983.

1982

Famous people born on this day include Tony Parker. In that special week people in US were listening to Ebony And Ivory by Paul McCartney. Annie, directed by John Huston, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1982. Years Of Upheaval by Henry Kissinger was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1982.

1981

The Burning directed by Tony Maylam was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1981.

1980

The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Davor Dzalto. In that special week people in US were listening to Call Me by Blondie. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, directed by Irvin Kershner, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980. The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1980.

1979

Famous people born on this day include David Jarolím. In that special week people in US were listening to Reunited by Peaches & Herb. Manhattan, directed by Woody Allen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979. Quest For The Best by Stanley Marcus was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1979.

1978

The Immigrants by Howard Fast was one of the best seller of 1978.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1978.

1977

Famous people born on this day include Jere Michael in Aspen. In UK I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart was in the top 5 hits. The Car, directed by Elliot Silverstein, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1977. The Crash Of '79 by Paul E. Erdman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1977.

1976

The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Daniel Komen in Nyaru. In UK Fernando by Abba was in the top 5 hits. Watch Out, We're Mad, directed by Marcello Fondato, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1976. A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1976.

1975

Mandingo directed by Richard Fleischer was one of the most viewed movies released in 1975.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1975.

1974

The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Marcia Turner in Cambridge. In that special week people in US were listening to The Streak by Ray Stevens. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, directed by John Hough, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974. The Eye Of The Storm by Patrick White was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1974.

1973

Famous people born on this day include Jay Riemersma. In that special week people in US were listening to You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder. The Day of the Jackal, directed by Fred Zinnemann, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1973. The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three by John Godey was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1973.

1972

Famous people born on this day include John Burrough. In that special week people in US were listening to The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. Play It Again, Sam, directed by Herbert Ross, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972. The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1972.

1971

Famous people born on this day include Princess Maxima. In that special week people in US were listening to Joy To The World by Three Dog Night. 10 Rillington Place, directed by Richard Fleischer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971. The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1971.

1970

The Ballad of Cable Hogue directed by Sam Peckinpah was one of the most viewed movies released in 1970.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1970.

1969

Famous people born on this day include Paige Turco. In that special week people in US were listening to Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) by The 5th Dimension. Mackenna's Gold, directed by J. Lee Thompson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1969. Preserve And Protect by Allen Drury was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1969.

1968

The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Tim Grunhard. In UK What A Wonderful World / Cabaret by Louis Armstrong was in the top 5 hits. The Swimmer, directed by Frank Perry, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968. Christy by Catherine Marshall was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1968.

1967

Famous people born on this day include Cameron Bancroft. In UK Silence Is Golden by The Tremeloes was in the top 5 hits. For a Few Dollars More, directed by Sergio Leone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1967. A Night Of Watching by Elliott Arnold was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1967.

1966

Famous people born on this day include Mark Schmocker in Interlaken. In that special week people in US were listening to Monday, Monday by The Mamas & The Papas. Arabesque, directed by Stanley Donen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966. The Kremlin Letter by Noel Behn was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1966.

1965

Famous people born on this day include Paige Turco in Springfield. In that special week people in US were listening to Ticket To Ride by The Beatles. The Pawnbroker, directed by Sidney Lumet, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965. Sixpence In Her Shoe by Phyllis McGinley was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1965.

1964

What a Way to Go! directed by J. Lee Thompson was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1964.

1963

The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Mary Vincent. In UK From Me To You by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits. Spencer's Mountain, directed by Delmer Daves, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963. The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1963.

1962

Famous people born on this day include Lise Lyng Falkenberg. In that special week people in US were listening to Soldier Boy by The Shirelles. Peeping Tom, directed by Michael Powell, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1962. Seven Days In May by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1962.

1961

Famous people born on this day include Enya . In that special week people in US were listening to Runaway by Del Shannon. Two Women, directed by Vittorio De Sica, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961. The Leopard by Guiseppe di Lampedusa was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1961.

1960

The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Fiona Hutchison in Miami. In UK Cathy's Clown by The Everly Brothers was in the top 5 hits. Hiroshima Mon Amour, directed by Alain Resnais, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1960. Thomas Wolfe by Elizabeth Nowell was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1960.

1959

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence was one of the best seller of 1959.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1959.

1958

Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli was one of the most viewed movies released in 1958.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1958.

1957

Famous people born on this day include Pascual Perez. In that special week people in US were listening to All Shook Up by Elvis Presley. Desk Set, directed by Walter Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1957. When The Bough Breaks by Otis Carney was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1957.

1956

Famous people born on this day include Sue Carpenter. In UK No Other Love by Ronnie Hilton was in the top 5 hits. While the City Sleeps, directed by Fritz Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956. Beyond Desire by Pierre La Mure was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1956.

1955

Bride of the Monster directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. was one of the most viewed movies released in 1955.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1955.

1954

Three Coins in the Fountain directed by Jean Negulesco was one of the most viewed movies released in 1954.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1954.

1953

Bellissima directed by Luchino Visconti was one of the most viewed movies released in 1953.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1953.

1952

The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Jody Pijper. Scaramouche, directed by George Sidney, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1952. The Greatest Book Ever Written by Fulton Oursler was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1952.

1951

Return To Paradise by James A. Michener was one of the best seller of 1951.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1951.

1950

In a Lonely Place directed by Nicholas Ray was one of the most viewed movies released in 1950.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1950.

1949

The Barkleys of Broadway directed by Charles Walters was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1949.

1948

State of the Union directed by Frank Capra was one of the most viewed movies released in 1948.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1948.

1947

Born to Kill directed by Robert Wise was one of the most viewed movies released in 1947.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1947.

1946

The Postman Always Rings Twice directed by Tay Garnett was one of the most viewed movies released in 1946.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1946.

1945

Blood on the Sun directed by Frank Lloyd was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1945.

1944

The White Cliffs of Dover directed by Clarence Brown was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1944.

1943

The Ox-Bow Incident directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1943.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1943.

1942

This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1942.

1941

Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles was one of the most viewed movies released in 1941.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1941.

1940

Waterloo Bridge directed by Mervyn LeRoy was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1940.

1939

Goodbye, Mr. Chips directed by Sam Wood was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1939.

1938

The Adventures of Robin Hood directed by Michael Curtiz was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1938.

1937

Captains Courageous directed by Victor Fleming was one of the most viewed movies released in 1937.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1937.

1936

Show Boat directed by James Whale was one of the most viewed movies released in 1936.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1936.

1935

Werewolf of London directed by Stuart Walker was one of the most viewed movies released in 1935.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1935.

1934

The Man from Utah directed by Robert Bradbury was one of the most viewed movies released in 1934.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1934.

1933

A Study in Scarlet directed by Edwin L. Marin was one of the most viewed movies released in 1933.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1933.

1932

Magnolia Street by Louis Golding was one of the best seller of 1932.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1932.

1931

The 3 Penny Opera directed by G.W. Pabst was one of the most viewed movies released in 1931.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1931.

1930

The Chess Player directed by Raymond Bernard was one of the most viewed movies released in 1930.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1930.

1929

The Black Watch directed by John Ford was one of the most viewed movies released in 1929.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1929.

1928

The US president was Calvin Coolidge (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Donald Cameron Watt. The Man Who Laughs, directed by Paul Leni, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1928. Swan Song by John Galsworth was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1928.

1927

7th Heaven directed by Frank Borzage was one of the most viewed movies released in 1927.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1927.

1926

The Boob directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1926.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1926.

1925

Strike directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein was one of the most viewed movies released in 1925.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1925.

1924

Sherlock Jr. directed by Buster Keaton was one of the most viewed movies released in 1924.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1924.

1923

Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton was one of the best seller of 1923.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1923.

1922

Missing Husbands directed by Jacques Feyder was one of the most viewed movies released in 1922.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1922.

1921

Carmen directed by Ernst Lubitsch was one of the most viewed movies released in 1921.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1921.

1920

The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Harriet Van Horne. The Flapper, directed by Alan Crosland, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1920. The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1920.

1919

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl directed by D.W. Griffith was one of the most viewed movies released in 1919.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1919.

1918

The Tree of Heaven by May Sinclair was one of the best seller of 1918.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1918.

1917

A Romance of the Redwoods directed by Cecil B. DeMille was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1917.

1916

Sherlock Holmes directed by Arthur Berthelet was one of the most viewed movies released in 1916.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1916.

1915

Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter was one of the best seller of 1915.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1915.

1914

Home, Sweet Home directed by D.W. Griffith was one of the most viewed movies released in 1914.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1914.

1913

Raja Harishchandra directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was one of the most viewed movies released in 1913.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1913.

1912

The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Davies was one of the best seller of 1912.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1912.

1911

The Lost Chord directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1911.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1911.

1910

The Wild Olive by Anonymous (Basil King) was one of the best seller of 1910.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1910.

1909

Sherlock Holmes IV directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1909.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1909.

1908

Mr. Crewe's Career by Winston Churchill was one of the best seller of 1908.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1908.

1907

The Lady of the Decoration by Frances Little was one of the best seller of 1907.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1907.

1906

The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers was one of the best seller of 1906.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1906.

1905

The Garden of Allah by Robert Hichens was one of the best seller of 1905.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1905.

1904

Sir Mortimer by Mary Johnston was one of the best seller of 1904.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1904.

1903

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Hegan Rice was one of the best seller of 1903.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1903.

1902

The Right of Way by Gilbert Parker was one of the best seller of 1902.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1902.

1901

Fulton Market directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1901.

But much more happened, find out here: 17 May 1901.