On This Day in
American History:
May 3

150th Regiment Field Artillery (formerly 1st Regiment Field artillery, Indiana Nat'l Guard) firing barrage at 4:15 a.m. in France.

May 3, 1918

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions 

“General Hooker closes his dispatch to President Lincoln from battlefield of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, 3:30 P. M.: "We will endeavor to do our best. My troops are in good spirits. We have fought desperately to-day. No General ever commanded a more devoted army."

However General Robert E. Lee won a major victory at The Battle of Chancellorsville. 
Lee and his now emboldened Army of Northern Virginia continued their march northward into Pennsylvania where they would eventually clash with Union forces at Gettysburg.

From: Major-General Joseph Hooker and the troops from the Army of the Potomac at Wauhatchie, Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga: together with General Hooker's military record from the files of the War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, U.S.A., published in 1896
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Image: Hooker At Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863
via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions

Photo of Andy Bowen who was born on May 3, 1867 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Andy fought against Jack Burke in the longest boxing match in history during the spring of 1893.
It lasted 110 rounds, about seven and a half hours. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Born May 3, 1849 in Denmark Jacob Riis spent his adult life in the US as a journalist and photographer documenting the lives of New York City’s poorest residents. His books “How the Other Half Lives” and “Children of the Poor “raised awareness and led to reforms. Shown is one of his photographs, taken on Mulberry Street in 1890.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US

On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Gone with the Wind.”

Image: Margaret Mitchell, the author of the best-selling novel Gone With the Wind (1936), camping at Lake Burton in Rabun County, Georgia via Wikimedia Commons

Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby for the 1956 film High Society

On May 3, 1903 Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington.

Image via Alamy

On May 3, 1802 the city of Washington D.C. was incorporated.

Image from the plans of Washington via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

On May 3, 1919 American folk music legend Pete Seeger was born in Manhattan, New York.

You can see little two-year-old Pete on his father’s lap watching his mother play the violin during a family camping trip in May 1921.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

Happy 90th Birthday Frankie Valli who was born on May 3, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. 

Frankie’s first single was “My Mother’s Eyes” in 1953.

Here is Frankie a few days after his 46th birthday in 1980.

Image via Alamy

“What in Carnation!?”

On May 3, 1928 the town of Carnation in the state of Washington changed its name to Tolt which it was previously named. However, in 1951, the name Tolt didn’t stick as they decided to change the name of the town back to Carnation.

Image of Tolt (or is it Carnation?) in 1914 via Wikimedia Commons

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