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 - 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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