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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, 406,176 hours 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

  • 1791
    The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1920
    A Bolshevik coup fails in the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
  • 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.
  • 1936
    Joe DiMaggio, familiarly referred to as Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper makes his major league debut for the New York Yankees.
  • 1999
    The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is devastated by an F5 tornado killing forty-five people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado is one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This is the strongest tornado ever recorded with wind speeds of up to 318 mph.

Who were born on May 3?

  • 1814
    Sir Adams George Archibald, Canadian Father of the Confederation (d. 1892)
  • 1928
    Dave Dudley, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 1933
    Steven Weinberg, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1941
    Edward “Monk” Malloy, American university president
  • 1967
    André Olbrich, German guitarist and composer (Blind Guardian)

Who died on May 3?

  • 1622
    Pedro Páez, Spanish Jesuit missionary (b. 1564)
  • 1972
    Bruce Cabot, American film actor (b. 1904)
  • 1999
    Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • 2002
    Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Earl Woods, athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)

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