On this day: May 17

Published On: May 16 2013 03:12:43 PM CDT   Updated On: May 17 2016 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 - Sugar Ray Leonard
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1956: Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, who would become the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses while winning world titles in five weight divisions, is born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Leonard compiled a 36-3-1 record, with 25 of his victories coming by knockout, before retiring for good in 1997.

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