On this day: May 17

POSTED: 01:12 PM PDT May 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 16, 2016 

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 - Harmon Killebrew
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Baseball Digest

2011: Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who played most of his 22-year career for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, dies of esophageal cancer at the age of 74 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Killebrew was one of the American League's most feared power hitters of the 1960s, hitting 40 home runs in a season eight times. A 13-time All-Star and six-time AL home run champion, he was second only to Babe Ruth in AL home runs and was the AL career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter when he retired in 1975 with 573 career homers.


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