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On May third, 1999, tornadoes
roared across Oklahoma and Kansas, killing at
least four dozen people and injuring hundreds.
On this date:
In 1654, a bridge in Rowley,
Massachusetts, was permitted to charge a toll for
animals, while people crossed for free.
In 1916, Irish
nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were
executed by the British for their roles in the
In 1921, West
Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
In 1944, US
wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended.
In 1945, Indian
forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the
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 1971, anti-war
protesters began four days of demonstrations in
Washington DC aimed at shutting down the nation's
In 1978, "Sun
Day" fell on a Wednesday as thousands of
people extolling the virtues of solar energy held
events across the country.
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: The
federal government formally approved the use of
the drug AZT to treat children infected with the
Five years ago:
The government reported that its Index of Leading
Economic Indicators dropped half a percentage
point in March 1995, its biggest tumble in two
One year ago: The
Dow Jones industrial average closed above
eleven-thousand, just 24 trading days after
passing 10,000. Japanese Prime Minister Keizo
Obuchi met with President Clinton at the White
House during the first official US visit by a
Japanese premier in 12 years.
what it used to be."
Peter De Vries, American author.