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On this day: May 3

Published On: May 03 2013 12:09:25 AM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Washington, D.C., is incorporated, Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, the Sears Tower becomes the tallest building in the world, and the first spam email is sent, all on this day.

OTD May 3 - Pete Seeger
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1919: Folk singer-songwriter and activist Pete Seeger is born in Patterson, N.Y. Seeger became a fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s and had a string of hits during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, including their recording of the song "Goodnight, Irene," which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. The writer of songs such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn!," he became a prominent singer of protest music in the 1960s. He died of natural causes at age 94 on Jan. 27, 2014.

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