On this day: May 3

Published On: May 03 2013 12:09:25 AM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2016 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 - Truman and MacArthur
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Harry S. Truman Library

1951: The United States Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman. MacArthur was relieved of overall command in Korea for making public statements that contradicted the Truman administration's policies. The decision led to a storm of public controversy for Truman, with polls showing the majority of the public disapproved of the decision and his approval rating falling to 22 percent by early the next year.

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