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 - Kentucky Derby
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Library of Congress

1875: The first Kentucky Derby takes place with a field of 15 three-year-old horse racing in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. A colt named Aristides, ridden by jockey Oliver Lewis and trained by future Hall of Famer Ansel Williamson, won the inaugural race.


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