1527 – Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men – by 1536 only 4 survive
1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
1803 – John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1954 – Lawyer Thurgood Marshall scored a landmark victory as the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
1973 – Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
2004 – Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
2014 – The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
Births & Deaths:
1510 – Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Florentine Renaissance, died.
1875 – 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
2015 – “Blurryface,” 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)
TV & Film:
1939 – 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
Via Britannica / On This Day