“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman


Today is MONDAY, MAY 17, the 137th day of 2021. There are 228 days left in the year.


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George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit pose outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 1954. The three lawyers led the fight for abolition of segregation in public schools before the Supreme Court, which ruled today that segregation is unconstitutional. (AP Photo)

On May 17, 1954, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision which held that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal, and therefore unconstitutional.


Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed a Los Angeles Times report that he had fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade earlier.


In 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis.

In 1980, rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami’s Liberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating Black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. (“Megan’s Law,” as it’s known, was named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was raped and murdered in 1994.)

In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriages.

In 2015, a shootout erupted between bikers and police outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas, leaving nine of the bikers dead and 20 people injured.


Celebrity Birthdays - May 16-22

FILE – Trent Reznor arrives at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York on March 29, 2019. Reznor turns 56 on May 17. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

TV personality Kathleen Sullivan is 68.

Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 65.

Actor-comedian Bob Saget is 65.

Sports announcer Jim Nantz is 62.

Actor-comedian Craig Ferguson is 59.

Singer-musician TRENT REZNOR (Nine Inch Nails) is 56.

Singer Jordan Knight is 51.

Dancer-choreographer Derek Hough is 36.

Actor Tahj Mowry is 35.

Actor Nikki Reed is 33.

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