What happened May 17th?:

1620 - 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)

1884 - Alaska becomes a US territory

1959 - Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

1970 - Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

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1975 - NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time

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