This Day in History 03/05



1494 – Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it “St Iago”

1616 – Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war

1765 – 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia

1791 – The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city

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

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.

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.

2013 – Aorun zhaoi, a Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 million years ago, is discovered in Chi


1469 – Niccolo Machiavelli, Florence, Italy, politician/writer (Prince), d. 1527)


1903 – Bing Crosby, Tacoma Wash, actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way)


1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, [Walter Smith], Ailey, Georgia, middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), (d. 1989


1933 – James Brown, Barnwell, South Carolina, American soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) and originator of funk music (d. 2006)


1981 – Farrah Franklin, American singer (former member of Destiny’s Child)


1481 – Mehmed II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1432)

1940 – Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

1992 – George Murphy, (Sen-R-Ca, 1965-71)/actor, dies of leukemia at 89

2006 – Earl Woods, Athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)

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