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This day in history

Saturday, May 3, is the 123d day of 2014. There are 242 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor George Gaynes is 97. Actress Ann B. Davis is 88. Singer Frankie Valli is 80. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 68. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is 65. Singer Christopher Cross is 63. Actor Bobby Cannavale is 44. Actress Christina Hendricks is 39. Soul singer Michael Kiwanuka is 27.

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In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.

In 1916, Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.

In 1973, Chicago’s 110-story Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) was topped out after two years of construction, becoming the world’s tallest building for the next 25 years.

In 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain’s first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the Labor government in parliamentary elections.

In 1999, some 70 tornadoes roared across Oklahoma and Kansas, killing 46 people.

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