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May 3, 2013

Today in History for Friday, May 3, 2013

VALDOSTA — Today is Friday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2013. There are 242 days left in the year.

Highlight in History

On May 3, 1973, Chicago’s 110-story Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) was topped out after two years of construction, becoming the world’s tallest building for the next 25 years.

On this date

In 1791, Poland adopted a national constitution.

In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.

In 1913, Clorox had its beginnings as five entrepreneurs agreed to set up a liquid bleach factory in Oakland, Calif. Author-playwright William Inge was born in Independence, Kan.

In 1916, Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.

In 1933, Nellie T. Ross became the first female director of the U.S. Mint.

In 1943, Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play “The Skin of Our Teeth” and Upton Sinclair for “Dragon’s Teeth.”

In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racial groups were legally unenforceable.

In 1952, the Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time on CBS; the winner was Hill Gail.

In 1960, the Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical “The Fantasticks” began a nearly 42-year run at New York’s Sullivan Street Playhouse.

In 1971, the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered” made its debut.

In 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain’s first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections.

In 1986, in NASA’s first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff, forcing safety officers to destroy it by remote control.

Ten years ago

President George W. Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when — not if — weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. Pope John Paul II urged hundreds of thousands of young people outside Madrid to be “artisans of peace.” New Hampshire awoke to find its granite symbol of independence and stubbornness, the “Old Man of the Mountain,” had collapsed into rubble. “Funny Cide” rolled to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Model and actress Suzy Parker died in Montecito, Calif.

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