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 - Saint Louis Fire
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1849: A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri, to the ground. The blaze was also the first in United States history in which it is known that a firefighter was killed in the line of duty, with Capt. Thomas B. Targee dying while fighting the fire.

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