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May 17 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 17th.

Today In …

1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was first established.

1846 - Adolphe Sax received a patent for his invention, the saxophone.

1954 - The U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision in the case of Brown Vs. The Board of Education.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Jason Bernard who starred on TV’s “Cagney & Lacey” and in the movie “Liar, Liar” was born in 1938.

Paul DiAnno the former front man for the rock band Iron Maiden was born in 1958.

Horace Dodge one of the co-founders of Dodge automobiles was born in 1868.

Enya the singer of such songs as “May It Be” and “Only Time” was born in 1961.

Craig Ferguson the late night TV host and actor who starred in “The Drew Carey Show” was born in 1962.

Dennis Hopper who starred in “Easy Rider”, “Blue Velvet” and “Hoosiers” was born in 1936.

Fiona Hutchison who starred on daytime TV’s “One Life to Live” as Gabrielle and on “Guiding Light” as Jenna was born in 1960.

Edward Jenner the medical researcher/physician who developed the smallpox vaccine was born in 1749.

Jordan Knight a member of music’s New Kids on the Block and solo artist was born in 1970.

Sugar Ray Leonard the boxing champion was born in 1956.

Maureen O’Sullivan the actress best known as Jane in the “Tarzan” movies was born in 1911.

Tony Parker the NBA player was born in 1982.

Bill Paxton who starred in “Twister”, “Titanic” and “Tombstone” was born in 1955.

Trent Reznor the front man for Nine Inch Nails was born in 1965.

Bob Saget from TV’s “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was born in 1956.

We Said Goodbye To…

John Deere the inventor/manufacturer passed away in 1886 at the age of 82.

Frank Gorshin best remembered as The Riddler on TV’s “Batman” passed away in 2005 at the age of 72.

John Jay the first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice passed away in 1829 at the age of 83.

Tony Randall the actor/entertainer who starred in TV’s “The Odd Couple” passed away in 2004 at the age of 84.

Seabiscuit the race horse passed away in 1947 at the age of 14.

Lawrence Welk the popular bandleader and star of his TV show “The Lawrence Welk Show” passed away in 1992 at the age of 89.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1952 - “Blue Tango” by Leroy Anderson
1958 - “All I Have To Do Is Dream” by the Everly Brothers
1986 - “Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston
1986 - On The Country Charts – “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Hank Williams Jr.

TV Moments In…

1973 - The Watergate hearings were first televised.

1990 - The final episode of the CBS drama “Falcon Crest” aired.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1875 - The first Kentucky Derby took place today. Aristides took home the honors!

Famous Marriages

1827 - Andrew Johnson and Eliza McCardle were married.

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