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On This Day: May 17th

This is 137th day of the year and 228 days remain in the year.

in history
1792
The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
1875
The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
1938
NBC aired the Information Please quiz show on the radio for the first time.
1954
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against segregation in schools in Brown v. Board of Education.
1973
Televised Watergate hearings opened, headed by North Carolina senator Sam Ervin.
1987
An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors and wounding 62.
1997
Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2004
In Massachusetts, same-sex couples exchanged marriage vows for the first time in the United States.
May 17 BirthdaysAyatollah KhomeiniPronunciation: [kOmA´nE]
1900–1989, Iranian Shiite religious leader.
Edward Jennerphysician
Birgit Nilssonsoprano
Sugar Ray Leonardboxer
Erik Satiecomposer
Seth Warnerhero of the American Revolution
Dennis Hopperactor, director, producer



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