Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Tuesday, May 3

This Day In History

  • 1802   Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.
  • 1916   Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter uprising.
  • 1921   West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
  • 1937   Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel ''Gone with the Wind.''
  • 1945   Indian forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.
  • 1948   The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
  • 1971   National Public Radio, the U.S. national, non-commercial radio network, was born.
  • 1979   Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections.
  • 1986   In NASA's first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff, forcing safety officers to destroy it by remote control.
  • 1988   The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities.
  • 2000   The archbishop of New York, Cardinal John O'Connor, died at age 80.
  • 2001   The United States lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • 2002   Pipe bombs exploded in six mailboxes in rural parts of Illinois and Iowa, injuring six people.
Happy Birthday To
  • 1920   Sugar Ray Robinson (International Boxing Hall of Fame middleweight champ)
  • 1921   Joe Ames (singer: group: The Ames Brothers)
  • 1933   James Brown (The Godfather of Soul)
  • 1937   Frankie Valli (Francis Castellucio)
  • 1947   Doug Henning (magician/illusionist)

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