May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (138th in leap years). There are 228 days remaining.
- 1936: Dennis Hopper (actor, director)
- 1942: Taj Mahal (singer, guitarist)
- 1955: Bill Paxton (actor)
- 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer)
- 1956: Bob Saget (actor)
- 1965: Trent Reznor (singer, songwriter)