On This Day: May 17
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- 1649: Levellers, Thompson, Perkins and Church shot in Burford, England for mutiny, on Oliver Cromwell’s orders.
- 1838: First Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women held in Philadelphia.
- 1917: Thomas Mooney had his execution stayed pending appeal.
- 1919: Winnipeg General Strike: Strike committee votes to permit resumption of bread and milk shipments.
- 1919: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom formally established in Zurich.
- 1940: Emma Goldman was buried in Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago.
- 1947: US President Truman ends nationwide railroad strike with threats to take over the railroads and send in the army.
- 1957: The Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, DC is at the time the largest nonviolent demonstration for civil rights.
- 1961: Nashville students, coordinated by Diane Nash, John Lewis, and James Bevel, take up the Freedom Ride, signaling the increased involvement of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
- 1968: Among others, Philip and Daniel Berrigan raided a draft board office in Catonsville, Maryland, burning over 600 draft files.
- 1968: Over 200,000 workers on strike in France as part of a general strike.
- 1968: Thousands of students march for second day in a row from Sorbonne to Renault works despite trade union leaders’ opposition.
- 1992: “Black May” events begin in Thailand as 200,000 people protest in Bangkok against the military regime.
- 2004: Marcia Kadish and Tanya McCloskey become first legally married same-sex partners in the US.
- 2007: Baristas at an East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Starbucks announce their membership in IWW Starbucks Workers Union.
- 2012: Quebec Student Strike: Government tables special legislation. It includes severe financial penalties for people blocking schools along with rules about how to protest. Protesters must inform police of their plans eight hours in advance, and police have the right to move a protest location.
- 2013: An anti-homophobic rally was held in Tbilisi, Georgia. the rally were met by thousands of protestors opposing homosexuality, who were allowed to break through a police cordon and violently pursued them, beating and throwing stones at them. The rally was the first officially sanctioned anti-homophobic demonstration held in Georgia.