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 - Kentucky Derby
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1875: The first Kentucky Derby takes place with a field of 15 three-year-old horse racing in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. A colt named Aristides, ridden by jockey Oliver Lewis and trained by future Hall of Famer Ansel Williamson, won the inaugural race.

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