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What are the important events that happened on May 3? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 3: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 3 is the 124th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 242 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 20, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,462,233,600 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosatetragon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 270 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,229 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 3 Historical Events

  • 1481
    The largest of three earthquakes strikes the island of Rhodes and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties.
  • 1791
    The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1860
    Charles XV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
  • 2001
    The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • 2003
    New Hampshire’s famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.

Who were born on May 3?

  • 612
    Constantine III, Byzantine Emperor (d. 641)
  • 1826
    Charles, Crown Prince of Sweden-Norway (d. 1872)
  • 1835
    Alfred Austin, English poet (d. 1913)
  • 1893
    Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (d. 1975)
  • 1907
    Dorothy Young, American entertainer (d. 2011)

Who died on May 3?

  • 1160
    Peter Lombard, Italian scholar and bishop (b. c. 1100)
  • 1598
    Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563)
  • 1693
    Claude de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French courtier (b. 1607)
  • 1793
    Martin Gerbert, German theologian and historian (b. 1720)
  • 2003
    Suzy Parker, American actress (b. 1932)

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