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This Day in History – May 3, 2011




1494 Jamaica discovered by Christopher Columbus; he names it “St Iago” 1621 Francis Bacon accused of bribery 1654 Bridge at Rowley MA begins charging tolls for animals 1765 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia; founded by John Morgan, the School of Medicine belonged to the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania). 1802 Washington DC incorporates as a city 1845 1st black lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to the bar (Massachusetts) 1846 Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas 1921 West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax 1944 Meat rationing ends in US 1949 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km 1952 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole 1956 A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000′) 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivers his “I have a dream” speech 1971 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days 1978 “Sun Day” – solar energy events are held in US 1982 New York Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA’s budget 1982 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts 1985 Date of $5 million check in “View to a Kill” 1997 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue]]]]> ]]>

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