On May 3…

1469 – Philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy.


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


1933 – Nellie Ross became the first female director of the U.S. Mint.

1944 – Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University.

1952 – Lte. Col. Joseph O. Fletcher and Lte. Col. William P. Benedict landed the first airplane at the North Pole.

1979 – Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female Prime Minister.

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