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Today in History

  • 03 May, 2014
  • Editor

On this day in 1937, Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

On this day in 1963, the police force in Birmingham, Alabama switched tactics and responded with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression were transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

This day in 1978 saw the first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail, which would later become known as "spam".

And on this day in 2003, the World Health Organization sent experts to Taiwan to help contain SARS, a contagious and sometimes deadly disease, marking the first time that a UN-affiliated agency has sent personnel to Taiwan since the country's withdrawal from the United Nations.

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