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This Day in History for May 17

This Day In History1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.

1875 – 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75.

1881 – Revised version of New Testament.

1897 – The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland.

1927 – Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings.

1943 – Millionaire Howard Hughes crashes into Lake Mead, while test flying his Sikorsky S-43, killing CAA inspector Ceco Cline and Richard Felt.

1954 – US Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reverses 1896 “separate but equal” Plessy v Ferguson decision.

1959 – Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122.

1961 – Fidel Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers.

1967 – The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue prohibiting the teaching of evolution, is repealed after 42 years.

1969 – Baltimore, Cleveland & Pittsburgh agrees to go from NFC to AFL in NFL.

1970 – Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits.

1971 – Washington State bans sex discrimination.

1973 – Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.

1973 – Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Love”

1989 – Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles costs $16,000.

1990 – Dow Jones average hits a record 2,831.71.

2001 – US President George W. Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production.

2004 – Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

2015 – Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas leaves 9 dead and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organized crime.

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