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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 - Doug Henning
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1947: Magician Doug Henning, who started his career with a live theatrical magic show and became a TV star in the mid-1970s, is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Henning earned a Tony Award nomination in 1974 for his Broadway show "The Magic Show" and more than 50 million viewers tuned in for the December 1975 broadcast of the TV special "Doug Henning's World of Magic," in which he recreated Harry Houdini's famous and highly dangerous water torture escape. The show was the first of seven annual broadcasts that would eventually bring Henning seven Emmy nominations. He died of liver cancer on Feb. 7, 2000, at the age of 52.

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