MAY 17

1792, the New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree located on what is now Wall Street.
1875, the first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The winner was Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis.
1936, Actor Dennis Hopper was born today. He dies in 2010.
1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Board of Education Of Topeka ruling. It declared that racially separated educational facilities are “inherently unequal.” The ruling reversed the high court’s 1896 “separate but equal” decision inPlessy v. Ferguson.
1955Bill Paxton is born today. He dies in 2017. (Titanic, True Lies, Twister, Big Love, Hatfields & McCoys)
1967, The documentary Don’t Look Back, which was shot on Bob Dylan‘s U.K. tour in 1965, premieres.
1973, the Senate opened its hearings into the Watergate scandal with continuous daytime coverage shown on all three broadcast networks.
1975, NBC paid $5 million for the rights to show Gone With The Wind just one time. It was the top price paid for a single opportunity to show a film on television.
1980, rioting that claimed 16 lives erupted in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
1987, Thirty-seven American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf.
1998, New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game. Wells retired all 27 batters he faced in a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.
2004, Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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