TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - NEWS -

May 17, 1968

Nine men and women, in­clud­ing broth­ers Daniel and Philip Ber­ri­gan, en­tered the Se­lec­tive Ser­vice of­fice in Ca­tonsville, Mary­land, seized sev­eral hun­dred draft files and burned them out­side to protest the Viet­nam War be­fore be­ing ar­rested. ALSO ON THIS DATE

1536

Arch­bishop of Canterbury Thomas Cran­mer de­clared the mar­riage of Eng­land’s King Henry VIII to Anne Bo­leyn in­valid af­ter she failed to pro­duce a male heir; Bo­leyn, al­ready con­demned for high trea­son, was ex­e­cuted two days later.

1792

The New York Stock Ex­change had its be­gin­nings as a group of bro­kers met un­der a tree on Wall Street and signed the But­ton­wood Agree­ment.

1875

The first Ken­tucky Derby was run; the win­ner was Aris­tides, rid­den by Oliver Lewis.

1938

Congress passed the Sec­ond Vin­son Act, pro­vid­ing for a strength­ened U.S. Navy. The ra­dio quiz show “In­for­ma­tion, Please!” made its de­but on the NBC Blue Net­work.

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