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.
May 17, 1995 was my first birthday as a high school student, and Jacques Chirac's first day as the President of France. I'm pretty sure Chirac had a better day than I did. I pretty much hated all of high school, and birthdays weren't an exception.
In sports, there was only a single NBA playoff game on that day, but it was a good one. The Knicks, trailing the Pacers 3-1 in their semifinal series, forced a Game 6 by winning 96-95. The Pacers actually overcame a 5-point deficit in the final minute, but Patrick Ewing made an 8-footer with 1.8 seconds left. Reggie Miller had one final chance to give Indiana the win, but missed a 32-footer at the buzzer.
While the Knicks were winning, the Mets weren't. They lost 7-2 to the Astros, thanks to a dismal performance by Jason Jacome. He gave up five runs in 3 1/3 IP, falling to 0-4 on the (brief) season. It was Jacome's last appearance ever for the Mets. He was sent down to the minors, then traded to the Royals in July. By 1998, he was out of baseball, finishing his career with a 10-18 record and 5.34 ERA.