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 - Cool Papa Bell
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Negro Baseball League Museum

1903: Baseball Hall of Famer James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell, a Negro league baseball star often considered to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, is born in Starkville, Miss.

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