On this day: May 17

POSTED: 01:12 PM PDT May 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 16, 2013 

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 - Taj Mahal
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1942: Blues musician and singer-songwriter Taj Mahal, who has won two Grammys in a carreer stretching more than 50 years, is born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks in Harlem, N.Y.

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