Today in History: May 3

Today in History: May 3

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0495

Pope Gelasius asserts that his authority is superior to Emperor Anastasius.

1568

French forces in Florida slaughter hundreds of Spanish.

1855

Macon B. Allen becomes the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.

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.