On this day, NSW staged a brave fightback to steal Queensland's thunder, the Panthers and Tigers squared off in a huge brawl, while Greg Inglis scored four tries.
Future Sharks, Eels and Panthers hooker Kevin Kingston is born in Babinda, Queensland. Kingston played 183 NRL games and was chosen in the Prime Minister's XIII in 2012.
May 17 is also the birthday for former NRL players Mose Masoe (1989), Charlie Gubb (1990), Matthew White (1984) and Russell Wyer (1972).
Coyne sends Meninga on the charge
New South Wales come from behind at half-time to claim the State of Origin series with a 16-12 win over Queensland at the Sydney Football Stadium. Queensland bomb a number of opportunities in the first half.
NSW fullback Tim Brasher is named man of the match.
Fittler and Mackay combine on touched kick
Penrith and Wests turn on one of the ugliest, brawling matches witnessed in years at Campbelltown Stadium. One player is sent off, four players sent to the sin bin and two players placed on report.
The ARL promises to launch an immediate inquiry into the match. Wests win the match 16-6. The ARL later cites three players.
A field goal in the final two seconds by South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt secures a 23-22 victory over Wests Tigers in a thrilling Heritage Round clash at the SCG. A crowd of almost 30,000 watches the match.
South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis scores four tries for the first time in his career as the Rabbitohs demolish Wests Tigers 54-10 at ANZ Stadium.
Auckland are admitted into the 1995 Winfield Cup. Bids from Wellington and Melbourne are rejected. North Queensland, Perth and Brisbane submissions are asked to provide further information by October.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.