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 - John Deere
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1886: John Deere, the blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world, dies at the age of 82 in Moline, Ill.

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