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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 - Sears Tower
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1973: The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world's tallest building. It would hold that distinction for 25 years, until the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, opened in 1998.

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