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 - Watergate
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1973: The Senate Watergate Committee, a special committee convened by the U.S. Senate, begins televised hearings to investigate the Watergate scandal. The three major networks of the time took turns covering the hearings live, with each network providing coverage every third day. An estimated 85 percent of Americans with television sets tuned into at least one portion of the hearings, which wrapped up on Aug. 7.


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