MAY 17TH IS THE 137TH DAY OF THE YEAR. TODAY IS ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY, NASCAR DAY, NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY, NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY, NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY, NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY, NATIONAL WALNUT DAY AND NATIONAL PINOT GRIGIO DAY.
A band calling themselves The Chicago Transit Authority releases their self-titled, debut album, which would eventually peak at number 17.
Peter Criss dropped out of Kiss and was replaced by drummer Eric Carr.
Singer/songwriter Alan O’Day died after a six month battle with brain cancer at the age of 72. O’Day wrote songs for Helen Reddy and The Righteous Bros but was best known for his one-hit wonder, Undercover Angel.
A fire destroys Tom Petty’s Los Angeles home and causes $800,000 worth of damage. It was later discovered to be the work of an arsonist.