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 - Sugar Ray Robinson
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1921: Sugar Ray Robinson, often hailed as the greatest boxer of all time, is born Walker Smith Jr. in either Ailey, Georgia, (according to his birth certificate) or Detroit, Michigan, (according to his autobiography). Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and also won the world middleweight title in the latter year. He retired in 1952 following a loss while attempting to win the world light heavyweight title, but returned in 1955, eventually recapturing the middleweight title. He lost and reclaimed that title two more times over the next three years. He retired for good in 1965 with a career record of 173–19–6 and died from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 67 on April 12, 1989.

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