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 - David Wells
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1998: New York Yankees pitcher David Wells becomes the 13th player in modern major-league baseball history to throw a perfect game, beating the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Yankee Stadium. Wells' perfect game also comprised the core of a streak of 38 consecutive retired batters between May 12-23, 1998, an American League record he held until 2007.

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