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This Day in History for May 3 – The First Spam E-mail Is Sent and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1802 – Washington, DC is granted a municipal government consisting of a mayor appointed by the president of the US, officially incorporating it as a city (More info)

1877 – Ontario, Canada’s Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world, has its first game (More info)

1948 – The US Supreme Court rules in the Shelley v. Kraemer case that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce covenants that restrict people from owning or occupying property because of their race (More info)

1978 – The first “spam” e-mail is sent by Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the US west coast (More info)

2001 – The US loses its seat on the UN Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947 (More info)


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