From the archives of The Daily News for May 17:
- In 1914, 93 refugees from Mexico were returning to the republic.
- In 1964, city and county officials headed for Washington, D.C., in the interest of flood control and storm protection. The previous year, Hurricane Cindy made landfall on High Island, bringing heavy rain and causing $12.5 million in damage and three deaths.
- In 1989, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Life Flight helicopter was showing some school spirit. The formerly red chopper was refurbished and repainted in the university’s colors — blue, orange and white.
- In 1989, a Galveston man was killed and a woman wounded when an unknown suspect went on a shooting spree in the Palm Terrace housing project. Police were still trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the 11:30 p.m. shooting.