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Calendar for May 17th, 2013

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

1673: Joliet-Marquette Mississippi River expedition began

Born 1749: Edward Jenner (physician)

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

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

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

1875: First Kentucky Derby held

1884: District of Alaska created

Born 1911: Maureen O'Sullivan (actress)

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

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

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)

Born 1961: Enya (New Age singer)

Born 1962: Craig Ferguson (actor & television host)

1973: Senate Watergate Committee began public hearings

Born 1982: Tony Parker (basketball player)

Died 1992: Lawrence Welk (musician)

Died 2002: Joe Black (baseball player)

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

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

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