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 - Maureen O'Sullivan
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1911: Actress Maureen O'Sullivan, best known for playing Jane in the "Tarzan" series of films starring Johnny Weissmüller, is born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland. O'Sullivan also appeared in "The Thin Man," "Anna Karenina," "Pride and Prejudice" and "Maisie Was a Lady" in the 1930s and '40s. She died of complications from heart surgery on June 23, 1998, at age 87.

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