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 - Taj Mahal
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1942: Blues musician and singer-songwriter Taj Mahal, who has won two Grammys in a carreer stretching more than 50 years, is born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks in Harlem, N.Y.

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