Today in History: May 17, Brown v. Board of Education
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2022. There are 228 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 17, 1954, a unanimous United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka which concluded that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional.
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In 1536 the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared the marriage of King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn invalid after she failed to produce a male heir; Boleyn, already convicted of high treason, was executed two days later.
In 1940, the Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium during World War II.
In 1946, President Harry S. Truman took control of the nation’s railroads, delaying — but not preventing — a threatened strike by engineers and railroad workers.
In 1973, a special committee convened by the US Senate began its televised hearings into the Watergate scandal.
In 1980, riots that left 18 people dead broke out in Miami’s Liberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers for beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie to death.
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 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. (“Megan’s Law,” as it’s known, was named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl from New Jersey who was raped and murdered in 1994.)
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriages.
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that youths serving life sentences should have “a meaningful opportunity to obtain release” provided they do not kill their victims.
In 2015, a shootout broke out between bikers and police outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas, killing nine bikers and injuring 20.
In 2017, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the 2016 Donald Trump campaign.
In 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was tested for the coronavirus on live television as he announced that everyone in the state who had flu-like symptoms was eligible for testing.
Ten years ago: Washington’s envoy to Israel, Dan Shapiro, told the Israel Bar Association that the United States had plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from develop nuclear weapons. Donna Summer, 63, the “queen of disco”, has died in Naples, Florida. Frank Edward “Ed” Ray, the California school bus driver hailed as a hero for helping 26 students escape after three kidnappers buried them underground in 1976, has died aged 91.
Five years ago: The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign in the presidential election of 2016. Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the soldier sentenced to 35 years in military prison for providing classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been released after serving seven years behind bars, her sentence having been commuted by President Barack Obama. Chris Cornell, who was the lead singer of rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, committed suicide in a Detroit hotel room; he was 52 years old.
A year ago: The Supreme Court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, agreed to consider a major reduction in abortion rights upon hearing a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (A decision in the case is expected next month.) The White House says President Joe Biden expressed support for a ceasefire in an appeal to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after eight days of airstrikes. and Israeli-Palestinian rocket attacks. AT&T announced an agreement to combine its massive media operations, including HBO and CNN, with Discovery, the owner of lifestyle networks including Food Network and HGTV.
Today’s birthdays: actor Peter Gerety turns 82. The singer Taj Mahal is 80 years old. Rock musician Bill Bruford is 73 years old. TV personality Kathleen Sullivan is 69. Boxing Hall of Fame Sugar Ray Leonard turns 66. Sports announcer Jim Nantz is 63 years old. Producer Simon Fuller (TV: “American Idol”) is 62. Singer Enya is 61 years old. Actor-comedian Craig Ferguson is 60 years old. Singer-rock musician Page McConnell is 59 years old. Actor David Eigenberg is 58 years old. Singer-musician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is 57 years old. Actor Paige Turco is 57 years old. R&B musician O’Dell (in perfect condition) is 57 years old. Actor Hill Harper is 56 years old. TV personality/interior designer Thom Filicia is 53. Singer Jordan Knight is 52 years old. 52. US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo is 51 years old. Actor Sasha Alexander is 49 years old. Rock singer-musician Josh Homme (HAHM’-ee) is 49 years old. Rock singer Andrea Corr (The Corrs) is 48 years old. Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy (SEN’-dul rah-mah-MURTH’-ee) is 48 years old. Actor Rochelle Aytes is 46 years old. Singer Kandi Burruss is 46 years old. Actor Kat Foster is 44 years old. Actor Ayda Field is 43 years old. Actor Ginger Gonzaga is 39 years old. Folk-rock singer/songwriter Passenger is 38 years old. Dancer-choreographer Derek Hough (huhf) is 37 years old. Actor Tahj Mowry is 36 years old. Actor Nikki Reed is 34 years old. Idol”) is 32. Actor Leven Rambin is 32. Actress Samantha Browne-Walters is 31. Actor Justin Martin is 28.