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On May 3
1802 Washington D.C. was incorporated as a city.
1855 Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
1859 France declared war on Austria.
1921 West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
1945 Indian forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.
1948 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
1968 After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retook Dai Do complex in Vietnam. They found that the North Vietnamese had evacuated the area.
1971 Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
1971 James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, was caught in a jail-break attempt.
1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first woman prime minister of Great Britain.
1986 In NASA's first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff. Safety officers destroyed it by remote control.
1992 Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.
1997 The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.
1999 Mark Manes, at age 22, was arrested for supplying a gun to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who later killed 13 people at Columbine High school in Colorado.
2000 The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) opened.


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