On this Day May 17
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1792 – Two dozen merchants and brokers get together to establish what is now the New York Stock Exchange. They begin by meeting under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street and eventually rent a room in a nearby building.
1875 – The first running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Before a crowd of some 10,000 spectators, jockey Oliver Lewis rides Aristides to victory in a time of 2:37.75.
2004 – Marcia Kadish, 56, and Tanya McCloskey, 52, marry at Cambridge City Hall in Massachusetts, becoming the first legally married same-sex partners in the United States. Over the course of the day, 77 other same-sex couples tie the knot across the state.
1969 – “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” by The 5th Dimension, marks its sixth and final week as a No. 1 single. The recording goes on to win both Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group Grammy Awards in 1970.
2012 – Five-time Grammy winner Donna Summer, who rose to fame during the 1970s and early 80s with disco anthems like “Love to Love You Baby,” “I Feel Love,” and “Hot Stuff,” loses her battle with lung cancer at the age of 63.