Today in History - May 3

495 – Pope Gelasius asserts that his authority is superior to Emperor Anastasius

1859 – France declares war on Austria

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train arrives in Springfield, Illinois

1937 – Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone with the Wind

1940 – FDR addresses thousands of Democratic women

1942 – The Battle of the Coral Sea begins

1946 – Japanese war crimes trial begins

1952 – The first airplane lands at the geographic North Pole

1961 – JFK receives honorary degree

1962 – Trains collide near Tokyo - (Mikawashima train crash)

1968 – Paris is chosen as site for peace talks

1971 – James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin, is caught in a jail break attempt

1978 – First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (“spam”) is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast

1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Great Britain

1982 – A British submarine sinks Argentina’s only cruiser during the Falkland Islands War

1986Shoemaker becomes oldest man to win Kentucky Derby, riding Ferdinand to victory

1999 – Kansas and Oklahoma were hit by an outbreak of more than 55 tornadoes, including one measured at F5 on the Fujita scale

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