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 - James Brown
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1933: Singer-songwriter and music producer James Brown, one of the founding fathers of funk music with a career that spanned six decades, is born in Barnwell, S.C. Known as "The Godfather of Soul," Brown built a reputation as a tireless live performer and charted 17 No. 1 singles on the R&B charts, including "Try Me," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" and "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud." He died of heart failure on Dec. 25, 2006, at the age 73.

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