30 Years of Adam: 1984

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

"Huge U.S. Bail-Out Aids Bank"

No, that's not a headline from a year ago. That was the big news on Adam's 4th birthday, as the government approved a $7.5 Billion load to Continental Illinois. At the time, it was the most massive government-assisted bank bailout in U.S. history. And remember folks, this was with a Republican president in office. No one called Reagan a socialist. Not even four-year-old Adam. He didn't even know the definition of "socialist" (though, to be fair, most of the people who use that word today don't know the definition either).

OK, enough politics. In the world of sports, the Oilers exacted a measure of revenge for their May 17, 1983 defeat, beating the Islanders 7-2 on May 17, 1984 to move to within one win of the Stanley Cup. In the NBA, the Celtics beat the Bucks 125-110, taking a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. About a month later, they'd go on to win their 15th NBA title.

The Mets closed the day on Adam's 4th birthday tied for first in the NL East with the Cubs. Obviously Chicago would win the division in the end, but the Mets had to enjoy their day off. You know who didn't enjoy May 17, 1984? Jim Palmer, who was released by the Orioles. Just five days earlier, he'd been shelled in what turned out to be the final appearance of his MLB career.

Notable May 17, 1984 birthdays:
- soccer player Christian Bolanos