Solar eclipse (2m07s) seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astromoners "On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance."
John II becomes duke of Brabant/Limburg
Count Hartmann II becomes ruler of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
Battle of Beverhoutsveldn near Bruges - Ghent town army beats drunken Bruges militia
Jews flee Spain
Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
Pope Julius II opens 5th Council of Lateran at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome
Persian Gulf: Portugese fleet occupies Ormuz
Ferdinand I officially appointed Holy Roman Emperor after his brother Charles abdicated in 1556
Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war
Francis Bacon accused of bribery
Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama
French huguenot leader duke De Rohan signs accord with Spain
English Upper house accept Act of Attainder
Bridge at Rowley Mass begins charging tolls for animals
Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg & Austria sign Peace of Oliva
Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen
Royal charter granted to Connecticut
French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
Edmund Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
Pierre de Marivaux' "La Double Inconstance" premieres in Paris
Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia
The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
Day depicted by Spanish painter Goya in his "The of 3rd of May" (painted 1814)
Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill.
English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles)
Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats king Joachim of Naples
Society for the Propagation of the Faith founded (Lyon, France)
1st regular steam train passenger service starts
The University of Athens is founded.
New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales
1st African American lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to the bar (Mass)
Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China
Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas
The May Uprising in Dresden begins - the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire; 30 die
Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
Charles XV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
Gen Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan for the North against the South in American Civil War
Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers & another 18,000 seamen
Battle of Fredricksburg, VA (Marye's Heights)
Battle of Salem Church, VA
3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.
M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
Camp Merriman forms at Presidio (SF) (see 0517)
26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06.25
Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"
Irish Nationalists Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke are executed by firing squad following their involvement in the Easter Rising
1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
Mayor Hylan closes streets for building of Yankee Stadium
Salt layer find at Winterswijk
1st nonstop transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed
Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber.
British general strike: 3 million workers support miners
Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
US marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
Prussia bans anti-fascists
24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switz)
1st female director (Nellie T Ross) of US Mint takes office
Bradman scores 206 Aust v Worcestershire, 210 mins, 27 fours
French People's Front wins elections
NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits
Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941
Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
-4] German air raid on Liverpool
67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII
German Luftwaffe bombs Exeter, UK during WWII
Nazis execute 72 OD'ers in reprisial in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands
Nazis require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star
Pulitzer prize awarded to Upton Sinclair (Dragon's Teeth)
Strike against obligatory labor camps ends, after 200 killed
US 1st armour division occupies Mateur Tunisia
"Meet Me in St Louis" opens on Broadway
Meat rationing ends in US
1st Polish armour brigade occupies Wilhelmshafen
Allies arrests German nuclear physics Werner Heisenberg
British troop join in Rangoon
WWII: German ship "Cap Arcona" laden with prisoners sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea, 5,800 killed - one of largest maritime losses of life
International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8
New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener & Tennessee Williams
1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
Royal Festival Hall opens in London
The Festival of Britain opens.
"Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6
WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
Westchester conference of American Library Association proclaims "Freedom to Read"
KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A Lindbergh & John Patrick
WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances
A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament
Tiger's Charlie Maxwell hits 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader
Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones' musical "Fantasticks" premieres in NYC
The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Warren Spahn pitches a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter
Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)
Leslie Narum is only Balt Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Clifford Ann Creed Golf Invitational
1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
3rd Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 2-1 in 10
Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US
Don Steele, begins a 40+ year radio career at KRTH (Los Angeles California)
KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
Pulitzer prize awarded to Irwin Unger (Greenback Era)
WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
African American students seize finance building at Northwestern University
Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
"Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 perfs
95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational
Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
"All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
National Public Radio begins programming
Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)
"Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
Anderlecht wins 18th Europe Cup II
Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
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
Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases)
Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR
Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL & NL
"Can-Can" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
"Moony, Shapiro Songbook" opens & closes at Morosco Theater NYC
Sally Little wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International
ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
NY Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget
President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts
Bruins 3-Isles 8-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-1 lead
Soviet leader Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
Date of $5 million check in "View to a Kill"
112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8
Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th & 301st HR
NASA launches Goes-G, it failed to achieve orbit
NY Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game
"Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
Cindy Hill wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday & Saturday with Gary Hart
4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
356th & final episode of CBS 2nd longest running series Dallas, 2nd only to Gunsmoke
The Declaration of Windhoek is signed.
Cam Neely is injured on a cheap shot by Ulf Samuelsson, an injury that would limit him to only 162 games for the remainder of his NHL career and force him to retire at 31
Balt's Gregg Olson, 25, is youngest to record 100 saves
Danielle Ammaccapane wins LPGA Centel Golf Classic
NY Met Eddie Murray is 24th to hit 400 HRS
Ohio Glory wins 1st WLAF game (after 6 loses), beat Frankfurt 20-17
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge
"Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 perfs
29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
US space probe Clementine launched
"My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater NYC for 16 performances
Australia beat West Indies to regain the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
David Bell debuts for the Indians (3rd generation player, Gus & Buddy)
Martin Moxon & Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks v Glam
123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen
Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.
Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time.
The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
"Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres
New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
134th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 2:01.82
Aorun zhaoi, a Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 million years ago, is discovered in China
The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn is renamed after Beastie Boys' rapper Adam Yauch
California Chrome ridden by Victor Espinoza wins the 2014 Kentucky Derby
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, NV by unanimous decision. Remains undefeated at 48-0
Puerto Rico Defaults on Principal of $422 Million Debt Payment
Leicester City Completes Rise by Clinching Premier League Title
Anger grows in South Korea over US anti-missile system
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