May 17 1954 Supreme Court rules on Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, overthrowing the principle of 'separate but equal.' May 17 1921 President Harding opens (via telephone) first Valencia Orange Show in Anaheim. May 17 1872 Bohemian Club incorporated. May 17 1845 the rubber band is invented. May 17 1804 Lewis & Clark begin their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. May 17 1792 24 brokers meet to found the New York Stock Exchange. May 17 1620 First merry-go-round seen at a fair in Philippapolis, Turkey.
May 17 1911 Maureen O'Sullivan, actress. May 17 1866 Erik Satie, composer.