Today in History: May 17

Today in History: May 17

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1540

Afghan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.

1630

Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter's surface.

1681

Louis XIV sends an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.

1792

Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.

1814

Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.

1863

Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge.

1875

The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville.

1881

Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.

1940

Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins the invasion of France.

1954

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules for school integration in Brown v. Board of Education.

1973

The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.

1987

In the Persian Gulf the American guided missile frigate USS Stark is struck by 2 Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi aircraft; only one detonates, but 37 sailors are killed and 21 are wounded. Whether the launch was deliberate or a mistake is still debated.