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Calendar for May 17th, 2013

1510s

  • Died 1510: Sandro Botticelli (artist; works include the painting "Birth of Venus")

  • 1670s

  • 1673: Joliet-Marquette Mississippi River expedition began

  • 1740s

  • Born 1749: Edward Jenner (physician)

  • 1790s

  • 1792: The New York Stock Exchange established at Merchants Coffee House, New York City

  • 1820s

  • Died 1829: John Jay (first Chief Justice of the U.S.)

  • 1840s

  • 1849: Fire began that destroyed part of St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1870s

  • 1875: First Kentucky Derby held

  • 1880s

  • 1884: District of Alaska created

  • 1910s

  • Born 1911: Maureen O'Sullivan (actress)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1936: Dennis Hopper (actor)

  • 1938: Clifton Fadiman hosted the NBC Blue network quiz show Information Please

  • 1939: First coin-operated mailbox, the Mailomat, installed

  • 1940s

  • 1942: First U.S. cross-country helicopter flight ended

  • 1950s

  • 1954: U.S. Supreme Court issued Brown v. Board of Education decision, ruling that segregated schools are unconstitutional

  • Born 1955: Bill Paxton (actor)

  • Born 1956: Bob Saget (actor & comedian)

  • Born 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: Enya (New Age singer)

  • Born 1962: Craig Ferguson (actor & television host)

  • 1970s

  • 1973: Senate Watergate Committee began public hearings

  • 1980s

  • Born 1982: Tony Parker (basketball player)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1992: Lawrence Welk (musician)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Joe Black (baseball player)

  • Died 2004: Tony Randall (actor; well known for his role as Felix Unger on the sitcom The Odd Couple)

  • 2004: Massachusetts became the first state to process marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples

  • 2004: A team of rocketeers led by a Bloomington, MN, man claimed success in their goal of launching the first amateur rocket into space, sending a 21-foot rocket named GoFast an estimated 70 miles above the Nevada desert

  • Died 2005: Frank Gorshin (actor best known for role as the Riddler on the Batman television series)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2012: Donna Summer (singer; "Queen of Disco")


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