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Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17 - The Day in History

May 17 : General Interest
1954: Brown v. Board of Ed is decided

In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional... read more

American Revolution
1769 : Washington criticizes "taxation without representation"

2005 : Toyota announces plans for hybrid Camry

Civil War
1863 : Confederates defeated at the Battle of Big Black River

Cold War
1990 : Gorbachev meets with Lithuanian prime minister

1974 : LAPD raid leaves six SLA members dead

1994 : Fire engulfs Honduras prison

General Interest
1970 : Heyerdahl sails papyrus boat
1973 : Televised Watergate hearings begin
2004 : First legal same-sex marriage performed in Massachusetts

2000 : Final episode of Beverly Hills 90210 airs

1873 : Dorothy Richardson, pioneer of stream of consciousness, is born

1965 : The FBI Laboratory weighs in on the "dirty" lyrics of "Louie Louie"
2012: Donna Summer, queen of disco, dies

Old West
1885 : Geronimo flees Arizona reservation

1827 : Andrew Johnson marries Eliza McCardle

1983 : Islanders win fourth consecutive Stanley Cup

Vietnam War
1970 : Operations continue in Cambodia
1972 : South Vietnamese reinforcements near An Loc

World War I
1873 : Henri Barbusse is born

World War II
1943 : The Memphis Belle flies its 25th bombing mission


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