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 - Saint Louis Fire
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1849: A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Mo., 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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