3rd May: Today In History

Today is Wednesday, May 3rd, the 123rd day of 2017. There are 242 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:


1952, the Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time on CBS; the winner was Hill Gail, ridden by Eddie Arcaro.

1515:  Pope Leo X promulgated the bull “Inter sollicitudines” allowing the Catholic Church to review and censor books.

1791:  The Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania adopted a constitution.

1802:  Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.

1916: Irish nationalists Padraic Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh were executed by a British firing squad; they were among 16 people put to death for their roles in the Easter Rising.

1937:  Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “Gone with the Wind.”

1945:  During World War II, Allied forces recaptured Rangoon (Yangon) from the Japanese.

1947:  Japan’s postwar constitution took effect.

1960:  The Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical “The Fantasticks” began a nearly 42-year run at New York’s Sullivan Street Playhouse.

1979:  Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become 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.

1987:  The Miami Herald said its reporters had observed a young woman spending “Friday night and most of Saturday” at a Washington townhouse belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart. (The woman was later identified as Donna Rice; the resulting controversy torpedoed Hart’s presidential bid.)

1999:  Some 70 tornadoes roared across Oklahoma and Kansas, killing 46 people and injuring hundreds.


Actor Alex Cord is 84.

Singer Frankie Valli is 83.
Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 71.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is 68.
Pop singer Mary Hopkin is 67. 
Singer Christopher Cross is 66.
Country musician Cactus Moser (Highway 101) is 60.
Rock musician David Ball (Soft Cell) is 58. Former Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is 56.
Country singer Shane Minor is 49.

Quotes Of The Day:

Don't force yourself on anybody if they ain't f*cking with U then branch...💯

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