This Day in History: May 3rd

Here are 10 interesting events that happened on May 3rd throughout history:

  1. 1715 – Edmund Halley observes a total solar eclipse and accurately predicts the time of the next one in 1724.
  2. 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.
  3. 1913 – Raja Harishchandra, the first full-length Indian feature film is released.
  4. 1921 – West Virginia becomes the first state to implement a sales tax.
  5. 1947 – Japan’s post-war constitution takes effect, establishing a parliamentary democracy and renouncing the country’s right to wage war.
  6. 1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised for the first time, with Hill Gail winning the race.
  7. 1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (spam) is sent by a DEC marketer to ARPANET users.
  8. 1986 – The International Court of Justice finds the United States guilty of violating international law by supporting Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
  9. 1999 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time.
  10. 2018 – North and South Korea agree to end their decades-long military standoff, cease hostile acts against each other, and pursue denuclearization.

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