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Today in History: May 3

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Today in History
May 3

495   Pope Gelasius asserts that his authority is superior to Emperor Anastasius.
1568   French forces in Florida slaughter hundreds of Spanish.
1855   American adventurer William Walker leaves San Francisco with 60 men in a quest to conquer Nicaragua. He will rule the country for less than a year and be executed by the Honduran government in 1860. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1859   France declares war on Austria.
1863   The Battle of Chancellorsville rages for a second day.
1865   President Abraham Lincoln‘s funeral train arrives in Springfield, Illinois.
1926   U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua.
1952   The first airplane lands at the geographic North Pole.
1968   After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retake Dai Do complex in Vietnam, only to find the North Vietnamese have evacuated the area.
1971   James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s assassin, is caught in a jail break attempt.
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.
Born on May 3
1469   Niccolo Machiavelli, political advisor and writer (The Prince).
1849   Jacob Riis, American reformer (How the Other Half Lives).
1898   Golda Meir, Fourth Prime Minister of Israel (1969-1974).
1903   Bing [Harry Lillis] Crosby, singer and actor. Various dates given for his birth date.
1912   May Sarton, poet and writer.
1913   William Inge, American playwright (Picnic, Bus Stop).
1919   Betty Comden, lyricist.
1919   Pete Seeger, folksinger and songwriter.
1920   John Lewis, jazz pianist.
1920   Walker Smith, Jr. (Sugar Ray Robinson), champion middleweight boxer.
1933   James Brown, American singer and songwriter.