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 - Cass Gilbert
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1934: Cass Gilbert, the American aarchitect who designed the United States Supreme Court Building and Woolworth Building, dies at age 74 in Brockenhurst, England. An early proponent of skyscrapers, he was also known for designing numerous museums and libraries and several state capitol buildings, including ones for Minnesota, Arkansas and West Virginia.

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