Today is Thursday, May 17, the 137th day of 2018. There are 228 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actor Peter Gerety is 78. Singer Taj Mahal is 76. Jazz/rock drummer Bill Bruford is 69. Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 62. Actor-comedian Bob Saget is 62. Sports announcer Jim Nantz is 59. Singer Enya is 57. Actor-comedian Craig Ferguson is 56. Nine Inch Nails singer/songwriter Trent Reznor is 53. Singer Jordan Knight is 48. Dancer-choreographer Derek Hough is 33.
In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange had its beginnings as a group of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
In 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was run, won by Aristides and jockey Oliver Lewis.
In 1954, a unanimous US Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, which held that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional.
In 1968, nine men and women, including brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, Md., seized hundreds of draft files and burned them outside to protest the Vietnam War. (The ‘‘Catonsville Nine,’’ as they came to be known, received prison sentences up to 42 months.)
In 1973, a special committee convened by the Senate began its televised hearings into the Watergate scandal.
In 1980, rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami’s Liberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
In 1987, 37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the US Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf. (Iraq apologized for the attack, calling it a mistake, and paid more than $27 million in compensation.)
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriages.
In 2008, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts was flown to a Boston hospital after suffering a seizure at his Cape Cod home (he was later diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor,. He died in August 2009).
Last year, the Justice Department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Chris Cornell, lead singer with Soundgarden and Audioslave, committed suicide.