What happened this day in history May 3

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 123rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 242 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 20, 2021 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 450,000 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 ‘hectaicosatrigon’ 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 274 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 3,055 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 3 Historical Events

  • 1802
    Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.
  • 1808
    Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are executed near Príncipe Pío hill.
  • 1849
    The May Uprising in Dresden begins – the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
  • 1877
    Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world has its first game.
  • 1915
    The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    The United States Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
  • 2003
    New Hampshire’s famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.

Who were born on May 3?

  • 1849
    Bernhard von Bülow, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1860
    Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1902
    Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)
  • 1920
    John Lewis, American jazz pianist and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2001)
  • 1921
    Joe Ames, American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989)
  • 1955
    David Hookes, Australian cricketer (d. 2004)
  • 1961
    Steve McClaren, English football manager
  • 1976
    Brad Scott, Australian rules footballer and coach
  • 1982
    Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-born American football player

Who died on May 3?

  • 1972
    Leslie Harvey, Scottish guitar player for Stone the Crows (b. 1944)
  • 1997
    Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver (b. 1976)
  • 1999
    Joe Adcock, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2000
    John Joseph O'Connor, Cardinal Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Prime Minister (b. 1926)
  • 2009
    Ton Lutz, Dutch actor (b. 1919)
  • 2010
    Guenter Wendt, German-American engineer (b. 1923)
  • 2011
    Jackie Cooper, American actor (b. 1922)

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