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 May 17th each year since 1980.
As we get into 1996 and beyond, these entries are probably going to be a little more personal, since I tend to have better (that is, more accurate, not necessarily more positive) memories of my birthdays. For example, I know for a fact that on my 16th birthday in 1996, I attended school. OK, yeah, that's boring, but what I did the day AFTER my 16th birthday wasn't -- I got my driver's license.
See, back then, you could get a learners permit in Connecticut up to six months before your 16th birthday, and you were eligible to take the driving test the day you turned 16. The first day I was able to take it was the day after my birthday, Saturday May 18, 1996, and being the perfectionist I was, I passed. Shortly after that, my parents got me my first car, a 1987 Dodge Aries K (the car pictured above isn't the actual car I owned, but it's the same model and color). Yeah, I was rolling in style.
The Mets were rained out on the 17th in '96, and stood in last place after play that day (9.5 games back of the first-place Expos). Also, Jermaine Dye made his MLB debut on May 17, 1996. 14 years later, he's out of baseball, trying to get one last job. Man, I feel old.
As of yet, no one born on May 17, 1996 has made a notable mark on the world, though that was the day IndyCar driver Scott Brayton died in a practice crash in Indianapolis.