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 - Dennis Hopper
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1936: Actor and film director Dennis Hopper, best known for movies such as "Easy Rider," "Apocalypse Now" (pictured), "Blue Velvet," "Hoosiers" and "Speed," is born in Dodge City, Kan. Hopper was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay for "Easy Rider," which he also directed, and for Best Supporting Actor for "Hoosiers." He died from prostate cancer at age 74 on May 29, 2010.

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