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.
If you've been following the "30 Years of Adam" series, you know the Middle East has been in the news on May 17 quite often. That was the case again in 1994, where the lead story of the day was Israel offering to withdraw from the Golan Heights in a three-phase plan over a five-to-eight year period. The plan called for Syria to sign a peace accord, which forever brought peace to the entire region. Whoops, nope, that didn't happen, and Israel still occupies two-thirds of the Golan Heights.
There were 3 NBA playoff games on May 17, 1994, including the recently-dead-to-me Hawks defeating the Indiana Pacers. Earlier that season, Atlanta had traded Dominique Wilkins -- one of my favorite players of all-time -- to the Clippers in exchange for Danny Manning. I never forgave Atlanta for that. It wasn't just that they traded Wilkins, I could kind of understand that. But sending him to the Clippers? The laughing stock of the NBA? That was just a slap in the face.
Baseball was still a few months away from going on strike and slapping its entire fan base in the face, so on May 17, the Mets got a 4-3 win over the Marlins. They were still in 4th place in the now-five-team NL East, and went on to finish the shortened season in 3rd.