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This Day In History: May 17

This Day in History

1792: The New York Stock Exchange is formed.
1875: The first Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.
1954: In the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Supreme Court unanimously rules that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.
1973: The Senate Watergate Committee opens hearings, under Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr.
1987: An Iraqi warplane missile kills 37 sailors on the frigate USS Stark in the Persian Gulf.
1999: Ehud Barak defeats incumbent Israeli Prime Min. Benjamin Netanyahu in national elections.

Today's Birthdays

1749: Edward Jenner, physician who pioneered vaccination (Berkeley, England; died 1823)
1902: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious/revolutionary leader (Khomein, Iran; died 1989)
1903: James ""Cool Papa"" Bell, baseball player and Negro Leagues star (Starkville, MS; died 1991)
1911: Maureen O'Sullivan, actress (Ireland; died 1998)
1918: Birgit Nilsson, opera singer (Karup, Sweden; died 2005)
1936: Dennis Hopper, actor (Dodge City, KS)
1950: Christian Lacroix, fashion designer (Arles, France)
1955: Bob Saget, actor/TV personality (Philadelphia, PA)
1956: Sugar Ray Leonard, champion boxer (Washington, D.C.). Bill Paxton, actor (Fort Worth, TX)
1961: Enya, singer (Gweedore, Ireland)
1965: Trent Reznor, singer and member of Nine Inch Nails (Mercer, PA)
1966: Danny Manning, basketball player (Hattiesburg, MS)

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