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This Day in History for May 3

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1830 – 1st regular steam train passenger service starts.

1861 – President Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen.

1900 – 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06.25.

1921 – West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax.

1936 – NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits.

1937 – Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”

1944 – Meat rationing ends in US.

1948 – 1st broadcast of “CBS Evening News” – longest running network news show in the US.

1961 – Warren Spahn pitches a 2-hitter after pitching a no-hitter.

1965 – 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite.

1971 – “All Things Considered” premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations.

1973 – Chicago’s Sears Towers, world’s tallest building (443 m), topped out.

1980 – Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR.

1991 – 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series “Dallas”, (2nd only to “Gunsmoke”)

1994 – 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and Wynonna win.

1999 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.

2016 – Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee.

2018 – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan becomes NFL’s first $30m per season player after agreeing to $150m contract extension.

2020 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of COVID-19 and should be held accountable.

2020 – Investor Warren Buffett dumps his holdings in four major US airlines saying “the world has changed” for aviation, reflecting an increasingly bleak outlook for the industry.

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