Sunday, May 17, 2015

Today in History: Sunday, May 17, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.
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On this date in:
1792The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree on what is now Wall Street.
1829John Jay, American statesman and the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, died at age 83.
1875The first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides.
1940The Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War II.
1946President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
1971The musical "Godspell" opened off-Broadway.
1973The Senate began hearings into the Watergate scandal.
Audio LinkSen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C.
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1980Rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating a black man.
1987An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
1992Orchestra leader Lawrence Welk died at age 89.
1996President Bill Clinton signed "Megan's Law," a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.
1998New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game in a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
1999Labor Party leader Ehud Barak unseated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli elections.
2000Two former Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four black girls.
2004Massachusetts became the first state to allow legal same-sex marriages.
2011Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement confirming a Los Angeles Times report that he had fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade earlier.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard turns 59 years old today.
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Taj MahalBlues singer73
Bill BrufordRock musician (Yes, King Crimson)66
Kathleen SullivanTV personality62
Bill PaxtonActor60
Bob SagetActor, comedian ("Full House")59
Jim NantzSports announcer56
Craig FergusonTV host ("The Late Late Show")53
Page McConnellRock musician (Phish)52
Trent ReznorRock singer, musician (Nine Inch Nails)50
Hill HarperActor ("CSI: NY")49
Thom FiliciaTV personality ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy")46
Jordan KnightSinger (New Kids on the Block)45
Sendhil RamamurthyActor ("Heroes")41
Actress Nikki Reed turns 27 years old today.
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