Thursday, May 3, 2012

3rd of May

Today is the 123rd day of the year, with only 242 days remaining until the new year.

1715 - Edmund Halley's total solar eclipse, the last one visible in London, United Kingdom for almost 900 years.

1802 - Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.

1877 - Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world has its first game.

1915 - The famous poem, In Flanders Fields, is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.

1921 - West Virginia imposes the first state sales tax.

1933 - Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman to head the United States Mint.

1937 - Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1951 - The Kentucky Derby is televised for the first time.

1952 - Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States, land a plane at the North Pole.

1957 - Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team to Los Angeles, California.

1963 - The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop protestors.  Images of the suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing newfound attention to African-American Civil Rights Movement.

1978 - The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail, later known as spam, is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.

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