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On May 17th, 1792, the New York
Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting
under a tree located on what is now Wall Street.
On this date:
In 1875, the first Kentucky Derby
was run; the winner was "Aristides."
In 1938, Congress
passed the Vinson Naval Act, providing for a
In 1939, Britain's
King George the Sixth and Queen Elizabeth arrived
in Quebec on the first visit to Canada by
reigning British sovereigns.
In 1940, the Nazis
occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War Two.
President Truman seized control of the nation's
railroads, delaying a threatened strike by
engineers and trainmen.
In 1948, the
Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel.
In 1954, the
Supreme Court ruled in its "Brown versus
Board of Education of Topeka" decision that
racially segregated public schools were
In 1973, the
Senate opened its hearings into the Watergate
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
In 1987, 37
American sailors were killed when an Iraqi
warplane attacked the US Navy frigate
"Stark" in the Persian Gulf. (Iraq and
the US called the attack a mistake.)
Ten years ago:
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met in
Moscow with Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera
Prunskiene, Gorbachev's first face-to-face
meeting with a senior official of the defiant
Five years ago:
The Senate ethics committee concluded that
Senator Bob Packwood (Republican, Oregon) had to
face a full-scale Senate investigation of charges
that included making improper advances toward
women. Jacques Chirac was sworn in as president
of France, ending the 14-year tenure of Socialist
One year ago: The
Supreme Court banned states from paying lower
welfare benefits to newcomers than to longtime
residents. Labor Party leader Ehud Barak unseated
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli
elections. Makah Indians in Washington state
harpooned a gray whale for the first time in 70
"The family you come
from isn't as important as the family you're
going to have."
Ring Lardner, American humorist (1885-1933).