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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

  • 1877
    Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world has its first game.
  • 1921
    West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to issues surrounding its enforcement.
  • 1947
    New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
  • 1948
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules, in Shelley v. Kraemer, that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.
  • 1986
    Twenty-one people are killed and forty-one are injured after a bomb explodes in an airliner (Flight UL512) at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka.

Who were born on May 3?

  • 1446
    Margaret of York, wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1503)
  • 1874
    V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (d. 1954)
  • 1948
    Chris Mulkey, American actor
  • 1949
    Ken Hom, Chinese American chef
  • 1966
    Frank Dietrich, German politician (d. 2011)

Who died on May 3?

  • 1152
    Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England (b. 1105)
  • 1972
    Leslie Harvey, Scottish guitar player for Stone the Crows (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • 2009
    Ton Lutz, Dutch actor (b. 1919)

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