ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MAY 3
1900 - 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06.25.
1901 - Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida.
1903 - Bing Crosby, Tacoma Wash, singer (White Christmas, Going My Way) is born.
Bing Crosby / Our Nostalgic Memories
1919 - America's 1st passenger flight (NY-Atlantic City).
1919 - Pete Seeger, NYC, folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene) is born.
1921 - West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax.
1923 - 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed.
1926 - Ann B. Davis, actress (Alice, The Brady Bunch) is born.
1933 - James Brown, Barnwell, South Carolina, American soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) and originator of funk music (d. 2006) is born.
James Brown (1973) / Our Nostalgic Memories
1934 - Frankie Valli, singer, musician (The Four Seasons) is born.
1936 - NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits.
1937 - Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind".
1938 - Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use.
1939 - "Beer Barrel Polka" is recorded by The Andrews Sisters.
1939 - Samantha Eggar, London England, actress (Collector) is born.
Samantha Eggar / Our Nostalgic Memories
1942 - Nazi's require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star.
1944 - "Meet Me in St Louis" opens on Broadway.
1944 - Meat rationing ends in US.
1945 - Allies arrests German nuclear physics Werner Heisenberg.
1951 - London's Royal Festival Hall opens.
1951 - Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme) is born.
1952 - "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances.
1952 - 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole.
1954 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A Lindbergh & John Patrick.
1956 - "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances.
1956 - A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000').
1964 - Gerry & the Pacemakers make their U.S. TV debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show." They perform "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying."
1965 - 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite.
1965 - Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US.
1967 - Black students seize finance building at Northwestern U.
1967 - Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) goes to court on draft evasion charges.
Carl Wilson (1967) / Our Nostalgic Memories
1969 - Jimi Hendrix is arrested when Canadian customs officials find heroin in his bag.
1971 - National Public Radio begins programming.
1976 - Paul McCartney makes his first American stage appearance in 10 years. The "Wings Over America" tour begins in Ft. Worth, TX.
Paul and Linda McCartney / Our Nostalgic Memories
1978 - The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as "spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
1982 - ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations).
1982 - Pres Reagan begins weekly radio broadcasts.
1986 - Dollywood (Dolly Parton's theme park) opens in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
1988 - 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine is seized at Tarpon Springs Florida.
1988 - Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000.
Johns' "Diver" / Our Nostalgic Memories
1991 - Andy Williams and Debbie Haas are married.
1993 - "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 perfs.
1994 - 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins.
1999 - 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.
2003 - New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
Old Man / Our Nostalgic Memories