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Events and People Who Made History on May 3

13th Century

1294 - John II becomes duke of Brabant/Limburg

14th Century

1342 - Count Hartmann II becomes ruler of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
1382 - Battle on Beverhoutsfield near Brugge

15th Century

1455 - Jews flee Spain
1494 - Columbus discovers Jamaica
1494 - Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it "St. Iago"

16th Century

1512 - 5th Lateran Council (18th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1512 - Pope Julius II opens 5th Council of Lateranen
1515 - Persian Gulf: Portugese fleet occupies Ormuz

17th Century

1616 - Treaty of Loudun kills French civil war
1621 - Francis Bacon accused of bribery
1624 - Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama
1629 - French huguenot leader duke De Rohan signs accord with Spain
1640 - English Upper house accept Act of Attainder
1654 - Bridge at Rowley Mass begins charging tolls for animals
1660 - Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg and Austria sign Peace of Oliva
1661 - Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen
1662 - Royal charter granted Connecticut
1678 - French conquering fleet at Curaeao, 1200 die

18th Century

1715 - Edmund Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
1722 - Pierre de Marivaux' "La Double Inconstance," premieres in Paris
1747 - Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
1765 - 1st U.S. medical college opens in Philadelphia

19th Century

1802 - Washington D.C. incorporates as a city
1808 - Goya's "Executions of 3rd of May"
1810 - Lord Byron swims Hellespont
1815 - Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats king Joachim of Naples
1822 - Society for Propagation of Faith starts (Lyon, France)
1830 - 1st regular steam train passenger service starts
1845 - 1st black lawyer (Macon B. Allen) admitted to bar
1845 - Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China
1846 - Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas
1851 - Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire; 30 die
1855 - Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
1861 - General Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan
1861 - Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
1863 - Battle of Fredricksburg, Virginia (Marye's Heights)
1863 - Battle of Salem Church, Virginia
1864 - 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
1886 - M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
1898 - Camp Merriman forms at Presidio

20th Century

1900 - 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06
1901 - Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
1902 - 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
1903 - AVC Heracles (South Carolina Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
1906 - British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
1909 - 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
1917 - 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
1919 - Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
1919 - America's 1st passenger flight (New York - Atlantic City)
1921 - West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
1922 - Mayor Hylan closes streets for building of Yankee Stadium
1922 - Salt layer find at Winterswijk
1923 - 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (New York - San Diego) completed
1926 - British general strike-3 million workers support miners
1926 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
1926 - U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
1929 - Prussia bans anti-fascists
1933 - 1st female director (Nellie T Ross) of U.S. Mint takes office
1934 - Bradman scores 206 Australia vs. Worcestershire, 210 minutes, 27 fours
1936 - French People's Front wins elections
1936 - New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits
1937 - Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
1938 - Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
1938 - Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941
1938 - Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
1941 - 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
1941 - German air raid on Liverpool
1942 - Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu and Tanambogo, Solomon Islands
1942 - Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1942 - Nazi's execute 72 OD'ers in reprisial in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands
1942 - Nazi's require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star
1943 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Upton Sinclair (Dragon's Teeth)
1943 - Strike against obligatory labor camps ends, after 200 killed
1943 - U.S. 1st armour division occupies Mateur Tunisia
1944 - Meat rationing ends in U.S.
1944 - "Meet Me in St. Louis" opens on Broadway
1945 - 1st Polish armour brigade occupies Wilhelmshafen
1945 - Allies arrests German nuclear physics Werner Heisenberg
1945 - British troop join in Rangoon
1945 - German ship "Cap Arcona" sinks in East Sea, 5,800 killed
1946 - International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
1947 - 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8
1947 - Japan forms a constitutional democracy
1948 - Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener and Tennessee Williams
1949 - 1st firing of a U.S. Viking rocket; reached 80 km
1951 - Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
1951 - New York Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
1952 - 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
1952 - 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6
1952 - "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 644 performances
1953 - WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 - KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A. Lindbergh and John Patrick
1954 - WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, Wisconsin (PBS) begins broadcasting
1956 - A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
1956 - Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella," premieres in New York City
1956 - "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 678 performances
1958 - 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
1958 - WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
1959 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament
1959 - Tiger's Charlie Maxwell hits 4 consecutive home runs in a doubleheader
1960 - Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones' musical "Fantasticks," premieres in New York City
1961 - Warren Spahn pitches a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter
1962 - Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train and a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)
1963 - Leslie Narum is only Baltimore Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
1964 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Clifford Ann Creed Golf Invitational
1965 - 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
1965 - 3rd Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 2-1 in 10
1965 - Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the U.S.
1965 - KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
1965 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Irwin Unger (Greenback Era)
1966 - WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 - Black students seize finance building at Northwestern University
1969 - 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
1969 - "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson New York City after 7 performances
1970 - 24th NBA Championship: New York Knicks beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3
1970 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational
1971 - All Things Considered premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
1971 - Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
1971 - Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
1971 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
1973 - Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building finished
1973 - Kansas City Royals' George Brett gets his 1st major league hit
1975 - 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
1975 - Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
1976 - Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
1976 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)
1978 - Anderlecht wins 18th Europe Cup II
1978 - Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
1978 - "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
1978 - WI all set to lose cricket test vs. Australia at Kingston till riots end game
1979 - Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run (2nd to have 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases)
1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the 1st woman prime minister of Great Britain
1979 - Martin Sherman's "Bent," premieres in London
1980 - 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
1980 - Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st and final home run
1980 - Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL and NL
1981 - "Can-Can" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 5 performances
1981 - "Moony, Shapiro Songbook" opens and closes at Morosco Theater New York City
1981 - Sally Little wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International
1982 - ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
1982 - New York Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget
1982 - President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts
1983 - Bruins 3-Isles 8-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-1 lead
1983 - Soviet leader Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
1983 - U.S. bishops condemn nuclear weapons
1986 - 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8
1986 - Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
1986 - Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th and 301st home run
1986 - NASA launches Goes-G, it failed to achieve orbit
1986 - New York Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game
1987 - Cindy Hill wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1987 - Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday and Saturday with Gary Hart
1987 - "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater New York City after 46 performances
1988 - 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
1988 - Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
1991 - 356th and final episode of CBS 2nd longest running series Dallas, 2nd only to Gunsmoke
1991 - Andy Williams weds Debbie Hass
1992 - Balt's Gregg Olson, 25, is youngest to record 100 saves
1992 - Beverly Hills 90210 Gabrielle Carteris marries Charles Isaacs
1992 - Danielle Ammaccapane wins LPGA Centel Golf Classic
1992 - New York Met Eddie Murray is 24th to hit 400 home runs
1992 - Ohio Glory wins 1st WLAF game (after 6 loses), beat Frankfurt 20-17
1992 - Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge
1993 - "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst New York City for 906 performances
1994 - 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1994 - D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
1994 - U.S. space probe Clementine launched
1995 - Australia beat West Indies to regain the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
1995 - David Bell debuts for the Indians (3rd generation player, Gus and Buddy)
1995 - "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater New York City for 16 performances
1996 - Martin Moxon and Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks vs. Glam
1997 - 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
1997 - ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen
1997 - Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
1998 - wins Titleholders Golf Championship


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