This Day In History – May 3rd

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Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 3rd in the past.

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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history

1469 – Italian philosopher/writer Niccolo Machiavelli was born, passed in 1527

1802 – Washington D.C. was incorporated as a city

1855 – For the first time a black man is admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts. Macon B. Allen become the first black lawyer

1859 – France declared war on Austria

1888 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Works.

1898 – Israel’s fourth Prime Minister Golda Meir was born, passed in 1978

1903 – Bing Crosby was born, passed in 1977

1919 – Folk Singer Pete Seeger was born, passed in 2014

1921 – Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, born Walker Smith Jr. was born, passed in 1989

1921 – The first “sales tax” was imposed by the state of West Virginia

1926 – For the first time ever, trade unions in Britain go on strike

1927 – Francis E.J. Wilde of Meadowmere Park, NY, patented the electric sign flasher

1928 – The Godfather of Soul, James Brown was born, passed in 2006

1933 – Nellie Ross became the first woman director of the U.S. Mint

1934 – Frankie Valli was born

1937 – Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With The Wind”

1937 – Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize

1944 – “Going My Way” starring Bing Crosby was released. It would go on to win “best picture” at the Oscars in 1945

1944 – Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the U.S.

1944 – Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University

1945 – Indian forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese

1946 – Sports broadcaster Greg Gumble was born

1947 – Magician/illusionist Doug Henning was born

1947 – Japan’s post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan’s right to make war

1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable

1951 – Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy award winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross, born Christopher Charles Geppert was born

1952 – The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole

1953 – REO Speedwagon’s Bruce Hall was born

1966 – The game “Twister” was featured on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson

1970 – Actor Bobby Cannavale was born

1971 – National Public Radio broadcast for the first time.

1971 – James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King’s assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt

1998 – “The Sevres Road,” by 18-century landscape painter Camille Corot was stolen from the Louvre in France

1999 – Hasbro released the first collection of toys for the Star Wars movie “Episode I: The Phantom Menace”

2000 – The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) began

2006 – In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001