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This Day in History for May 17

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

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 Phillip Holland.

1900 – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is first published by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by William Wallace Denslow in Chicago.

1915 – National Baptist Convention chartered.

1925 – Cleveland Indians Tris Speaker gets his 3,000 hit.

1938 – Radio quiz show “Information Please” debuts on NBC Blue Network.

1944 – General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th.

1946 – US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation’s railroads to delay a strike.

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.

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

1975 – NBC paid $5M for rights to show “Gone with the Wind” one time.

1985 – Les Anderson catches record 87 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon off Alaska.

1992 – LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Bethesda CC: Betsy King wins her 5th major title, 11 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnn Carner, Liselotte Neumann, and Karen Noble.

1993 – “Chattahochee” single released by Alan Jackson (CMA Award Single of the Year, Billboard Song of the Year, 1993)

1998 – New York Yankees pitcher David Wells tosses a perfect game in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, NY.

2006 – The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef.

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

2018 – Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar, largest sexual abuse case in sports history.

2020 – Barack Obama criticizes the US government’s handling of the pandemic during an online address to graduates, saying officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

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