This day in history

Friday, May 3, is the 123d day of 2013. There are 242 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Folk singer Pete Seeger is 94. Singer Frankie Valli is 79. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 67. Singer Christopher Cross is 62. Actor Bobby Cannavale is 43. Actress Christina Hendricks (‘‘Mad Men”) is 38. Actor Dule Hill is 38. Country singer Eric Church is 36. Dancer Cheryl Burke (‘‘Dancing With the Stars”) is 29. Soul singer Michael Kiwanuka is 26.

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.

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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 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 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.


In 2003, President George W. Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when — not if — weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. Pope John Paul II urged hundreds of thousands of young people outside Madrid to be ‘‘artisans of peace.’’ New Hampshire awoke to find its granite symbol of independence and stubbornness, the ‘‘Old Man of the Mountain,’’ had collapsed into rubble.