On this day: May 17

Published On: May 16 2013 03:12:43 PM CDT   Updated On: May 17 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

St. Louis nearly burns to the ground, the first Kentucky Derby is held, the Supreme Court strikes down segregated schools, the Senate Watergate Committee begins televised hearings, and same-sex marriages begin in Massachusetts, all on this day.

OTD May 17 - Bill Paxton
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1955: Actor and director Bill Paxton, best known for his movie roles in "Aliens," "Apollo 13" and "Titanic," and for starring in the HBO series "Big Love," is born in Fort Worth, Texas.

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