Today's ephemeris: what happened on May 3

In the May 3 ephemeris These events that occurred on a day like today in Argentina and the world stand out.

1937. The writer Nélida Piñón was born in Rio de Janeiro, the first woman to preside over the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Descendant of Galicians, his family history is the subject of The republic of dreams. Published in 1984, that novel meant recognition outside of Brazil. Other works: The daily bread, Wandering heart, Book of hours, Husband’s shirt, The epic of the heart. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in 2005.

1951. One of the most important tango lyricists in history dies: Homero Manzi. Born in Añatuya, Santiago del Estero, in 1907, he was a screenwriter and film director, but he achieved fame with his verses. Several of the most famous tangos in history were written by him, such as “Sur”, “Malena”, “Barrio de tango” and “Milonga del 900”. He was also a member of Forja, a step prior to joining Peronism.

1968. After several days of protests at the University of Nanterre, eight students arrive in Paris to testify before the Justice for the clashes with right-wing groups in that university. At the same time, the police dispersed an act of support by students of the Sorbonne. That night, a strike was declared by the National Union of Students and the Union of Teachers. One of the “Nanterre Eight” is a sociology student named Daniel Cohn Bendit, who becomes the leader of the student movement, joined by the workers. The most rebellious decade of the 20th century reached its boiling point with the events of May 68. France was paralyzed by the strike and the Cannes Festival was even suspended. There are barricades in the streets and clashes with the police. President Chales De Gaulle announces legislative elections for June, which represent a defeat for the left.

1992. Three days of riots in Los Angeles end. The cause is the acquittal of four policemen who in March 1991 had beaten a black man, Rodney King. Anger at the failure generates the backlash. There are 63 dead and more than 2,000 injured, and the Geoge Bush administration mobilizes the Army for the racial outbreak, unprecedented since the fight for civil rights, and which marks a precedent for the Black Lives Matter movement.

2007. In the tourist center of Praia da Luz, in Portugal, little Madeleine McCann disappears. He was about to turn four years old and was on a summer vacation with his parents and two little brothers. The little ones were in a room while their parents dined with other people in a restaurant 50 meters away. At 10 o’clock in the evening, the mother discovered the absence of the girl. The case shocks the world. Madeleine never appeared and countless hypotheses have been woven. Parents have even been suspected. Today a German man with a criminal record is suspected.

Also, it is World Press Freedom Day.


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