May 17

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.

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