On This Day

On This Day in History for May 3 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1965 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
  • 1965 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US
  • 1965 Don Steele, begins a 40+ year radio career at KRTH (Los Angeles California)
  • 1965 Pulitzer prize awarded to Irwin Unger (Greenback Era)
  • 1967 African American students seize finance building at Northwestern University
  • 1968 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
  • 1970 Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
  • 1971 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
  • 1971 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German communist party leader
  • 1971 National Public Radio begins programming
  • 1971 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
  • 1971 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
  • 1973 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • 1976 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

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1976 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
  • 1978 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US

  • 1978 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • 1979 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
  • 1981 "Moony, Shapiro Songbook" opens & closes at Morosco Theater NYC
  • 1982 NY Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget

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1982 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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1983 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1983 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • 1985 Date of $5 million check in "A View To A Kill"
  • 1986 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
  • 1986 NASA launches Goes-G, it fails to achieve orbit
  • 1987 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday & Saturday with Gary Hart
  • 1988 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
  • 1988 Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
  • 1991 The Declaration of Windhoek (on press freedom) signed by African journalists
  • 1992 Balt's Gregg Olson, 25, is youngest to record 100 saves
  • 1994 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • 1995 David Bell debuts for the Indians (3rd generation player, Gus & Buddy)
  • 1996 Martin Moxon & Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks v Glam
  • 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.
  • 1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.

  • 2001 The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • 2002 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
  • 2003 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
  • 2006 Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors
  • 2006 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 2007 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal
  • 2013 Aorun zhaoi, a Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 million years ago, is discovered in China
  • 2016 Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee
  • 2018 Indian government confirms around 110 people have died in dust storms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the last 9 days
  • 2018 Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas
  • 2019 Cyclone Fani strikes Odisha State, India and Bangladesh, killing 33 people after one of the biggest human evacuations ever - 1.2 million in India in 24 hours

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

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo

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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

Investor Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett
  • 2020 Brazilian confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 with the death toll at 7,025, the 9th country to do so
  • 2021 US Environmental Protection Agency takes first significant step against climate change by announcing new limits on hydrofluorocarbons (-85% over 15 years) [1]
  • 2021 German police announce operation and arrests into 'Boystown' world's largest child abuse image website with 400,000 members worldwide [1]
  • 2021 Former U.S. Senator and astronaut Bill Nelson, becomes Administrator of NASA
  • 2021 DR Congo announces the end of the latest Ebola outbreak after three months with a deathtoll of six
  • 2021 Subway overpass carrying a train collapses in Mexico City killing at least 24 people

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