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Today In History - May 17

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Today in History in 1803 John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine; in 1886 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, died at age 82; and in 1961 Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1527 - Pánfilo de Narváez departs to Spain explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
  • 1803 - John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
  • 1961 - Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
  • 1973 - Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • 2004 - Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1490 - Albert of Prussia, Ansbach, 1st Duke of Prussia
  • 1903 - James "cool papa" Bell, Starkville, Mississippi, baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game (d. 1991)
  • 1911 - Maureen O'Sullivan, Boyle Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)
  • 1961 - Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Gweedore, County Donegal, Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain)
  • 1962 - Craig Ferguson, Glasgow, Scottish actor, writer and comedian
  • 1965 - Trent Reznor, musician (9 Inch Nails)
  • 1955 - Bill Paxton, actor (Brain Dead, Next of Kin, Indian Summer, True Lies)
  • 1956 - Bob Saget, Phila, comedian (Full House, America's Funniest Home Video)
  • 1985 - Derek Hough, dancer and choreographer who became a multi-time champion on Dancing With the Stars. He earned a world championship title in U-21 Latin American Dance competition. He was named IDSF World Youth Latin Champion in 2002.

Famous Weddings

  • 1763 - Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris
  • 1827 - US President Andrew Johnson (18) weds Eliza McCardle (16) in Warrenton, Tennessee
  • 1923 - Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany
  • 1947 - NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny
  • 1997 - Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London

Famous Deaths

  • 1829 - John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)
  • 1886 - John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82
  • 2012 - Donna Summer, American singer, dies from lung cancer at 63
  • 2014 - Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84

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