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May 17: This Day That Year

May 17

- 1884 - US: Alaska becomes a US territory, purchased from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867.

- 1920 - 1st flight of Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij).

- 1980 - V.S. Kumar Anandan (Sri Lanka) balanced on one foot for 33 hours.

- 1989 - University of South Africa issues BA to Nelson Mandela.

- 1993 - Intel launches new Pentium processor series.

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