AP Highlight in History: On May 3, 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections.
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Washington, D.C., was incorporated.
Israeli founder and prime minister Golda Meir was born Goldie Mabovitch in Kiev, Ukraine.
Folk singer Pete Seeger was born in New York City.
West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Gone with the Wind."
The Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
The musical "The Fantasticks" opened off-Broadway, beginning a record run of nearly 42 years.
Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
The National Public Radio program "All Things Considered" made its debut.
The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule President Ronald Reagan's activities.
The United States lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
Iraq's first democratically elected government was sworn in.
Astronaut Wally Schirra died at age 84.
Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad was apprehended aboard a flight preparing to depart New York for Dubai.