3rd May, on this day

1294 John II becomes duke of Brabant/Limburg
1342 Count Hartmann II becomes ruler of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
1382 Battle of Beverhoutsveld - population beats drunken army
1455 Jews flee Spain
1494 Jamaica discovered by Christopher Columbus; he names it "St Iago"
1512 Pope Julius II opens 5th Council of Lateranen (18th ecumenical council) in Rome
1515 Persian Gulf: Portugese fleet occupies Ormuz
1616 Treaty of Loudun kills French civil war
1621 Francis Bacon accused of bribery
1624 Spanish silver fleet sails to Panamá
1629 French huguenot leader duke De Rohan signs accord with Spain
1640 English Upper house accept Act of Attainder
1654 Bridge at Rowley MA begins charging tolls for animals
1660 Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg and Austria sign Peace of Oliva
1661 Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen
1662 Royal charter granted Connecticut
1678 French conquering fleet at Curaçao, 1200 die
1715 Edmund Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads". This is tthe last total eclipse visible in London, UK for almost 900 years.
1722 Pierre de Marivaux' "La Double Inconstance" premieres in Paris France
1765 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia; founded by John Morgan, the School of Medicine belonged to the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania)
1788 The first daily evening newspaper, the Star and Evening Advertiser, is published in London
1791 The May Constitution of Poland (first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Polish Sejm.
1802 Washington DC incorporates as a city
1808 Goya's "Executions of the 3rd of May". The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill.
1808 A duel is fought between two hot air balloonists over Paris
1810 Lord Byron swims the Hellespont
1814 In France, Louis XVIII takes the throne after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte who is sent into exile
1815 Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats king Joachim of Naples
1822 Society for the Propagation of the Faith starts (Lyon, France)
1830 1st regular steam train passenger service starts
1845 1st black lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to the bar (Massachusetts)
1845 Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton China
1846 Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas
1849 The May Uprising in Dresden begins - the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
1851 Most of San Fransisco destroyed by fire; 30 die
1855 Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
1860 Charles XV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
1861 General Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan
1861 Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville-Beaten Union army withdraws
1863 Battle of Fredricksburg, VA (Marye's Heights)
1863 Battle of Salem Church, VA
1864 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria, LA: Confederate assault
1867 The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.
1898 Camp Merriman established at Presidio (San Fransisco)
1901 Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, FL
1903 The first electric train runs through the Mersey Railway Tunnel linking Liverpool and Birkenhead
1906 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
1916 Easter Rising leaders are executed in Dublin.
1919 Afghánistán Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
1919 America's 1st passenger flight (New York-Atlantic City)
1921 West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
1923 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (New York-San Diego) completed
1926 British general strike-3 million workers support miners
1926 US marines land in Nicaragua (9-months after leaving), stay until 1933
1928 Jinan Incident: Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
1929 Prussia bans anti-fascists
1932 24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switzerland)
1934 Science fiction writer H.G.Wells predicts there will be a major world war before 1940
1936 French People's Front wins elections
1938 Concentration camp at Flossenbürg goes into use
1938 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
1941 German air raid on Liverpool
1942 Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu and Tanambogo, Solomon Islands
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1942 Nazis execute 72 OD'ers in reprisial in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands
1942 Nazis require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star
1943 Strike against obligatory labor camps ends, after 200 killed
1943 US 1st armour division occupies Mateur Tunisia
1944 Meat rationing ends in US
1945 1st Polish armour brigade occupies Wilhelmshafen
1945 Allies arrests German nuclear physics Werner Heisenberg
1945 British troop join in Rangoon
1945 RAF sinks German ships "Cap Arcona" and "Deutschland", with great loss of life
1946 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
1947 Japan forms a constitutional democracy
1948 U.S. Supreme Court rules that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.
1949 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
1951 The Festival of Britain is opened by King George VI. Its has been built on an old bomb site near Waterloo Station in London. London's Royal Festival Hall opens
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 S. Truman.
1952 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
1956 A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
1956 The judo World Championships are first held.
1958 US president Eisenhower proposes the demilitarisation of Antarctica
1960 The Off-Broadway musical comedy, The Fantasticks, opens in New York City's Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.
1960 The Anne Frank House opened in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1962 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train and a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)
1963 The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protestors. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing newfound attention to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
1965 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on the Early Bird Satellite
1965 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US
1967 Black students seize finance building at Northwestern University
1971 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
1973 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 meters), topped out
1976 Panamá 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
1978 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
1979 Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher to become United Kingdom's first female prime minister as the Labour government is ousted in parliamentary elections.
1982 New York Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget
1982 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts
1983 Soviet leader Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
1983 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
1985 Date of $5 million check in "View to a Kill"
1986 A bomb planted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) explodes on board Flight UL512 killing 22
1986 NASA launches Goes-G, it failed to achieve orbit
1987 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday and Saturday with Gary Hart
1988 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs FL
1991 The Declaration of Windhoek is signed.
1991 356th and final episode of CBS 2nd longest running series Dallas, 2nd only to Gunsmoke
1991 Andy Williams weds Debbie Hass
1994 US space probe Clementine launched
1997 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
1999 The body of missing English climber George Mallory is found near the summit of Mount Everest. He went missing more than 60 years earlier
1999 Oklahoma City is slammed by an F5 tornado killing 42 people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.
2000 The sport of Geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
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.
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.
2006 Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
2006 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.

3rd May 2006

EU halts Serbia talks over Mladic

Tonga 'hit by strong earthquake'

Hunt for Armenia air crash bodies

3rd May 2007

US and Syria hold landmark talks

French rivals dispute TV result

Gene clue to longevity uncovered

3rd May 2008

Turkey 'kills 150 Kurdish rebels'

China on alert as virus spreads

Asian bank in food crisis warning

3rd May 2009

Swine flu 'in decline' in Mexico

Six killed in Austrian avalanche

Venezuela army helicopter crashes

3rd May 2010

Surviving Mumbai gunman convicted

BP vows to clean up Gulf oil slick

US Airlines to merge

Birthdates which occurred on 3rd May :

1446 Margaretha English princess/duchess of Bourgondie
1455 Joâo II the perfect, King of Portugal (1481-95)/took in Spanish Jews
1469 Niccolò Machiavelli Italy, politician/writer (The Prince)
1514 Bartholomaeus a Martyribus [Fernandez], primate of Portugal
1535 Alessandro "Agnolo" Allori Italian painter/carpet designer
1647 John A "Joannes" Antonides van der Goes poet (Bellone aen bant)
1649 Johann Valentin Meder composer
1691 Carolus van der Abeele Flemish jesuit/author (Introduction à l'amour)
1692 Jan J Mauricius Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1742-51)
1708 Johann Adolph Scheibe German music theroist/composer
1729 Florian Leopold Gassmann composer
1737 Friedrich Schwindl composer
1742 Jean-Baptiste Krumphultz composer
1744 Freidrich Wilhelm Weis composer
1752 Braz Francisco de Lima composer
1764 Elisabeth PMH princess of France/son of king Louis XVI
1773 Giuseppe Acerbi Italian traveller/nature investigator/diplomat
1815 Hermanus W Witteveen Dutch theologist
1816 Montgomery Cunningham Meigs Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1892
1819 Nicola De Giosa composer
1826 Charles XV Louis E King of Sweden/Norway (1859-72)/poet
1844 Edouard A Drumont French anti-semitic journalist
1844 Richard D'Oyly Carte England, opera impresario (Ivanhoe)
1849 Jacob Riis Denmark, reporter (New York Tribune, New York Evening Sun)
1859 Andy Adams US writer (Log of a Cowboy)
1867 Jack Hearne cricketer (cousin of George & Alec 12 Tests for England)
1867 Valère-Gille Belgian playwright (La Corbeille d'Octobre)
1873 [Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Denmark)
1873 Nikolay N Tcherepnin St Petersburg, composer of ballets, songs
1874 François Coty Corsica, Corsican senator/perfume maker
1876 Bert Hopkins cricketer (Australian pace bowler of the 1900's)
1876 John Elicius Benedict B P Quick Carrington Dwyer cricketer (Sussex)
1886 Marcel Dupré French organist/composer
1890 B Traven writer
1892 Beulah Bondi Chicago IL, actress (It's a Wonderful Life)
1892 Sir George Thomson demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937)
1893 Hope Landin Minneapolis MN
1895 Earnest Kantorowicz German/US historian (Laudes regiae)
1895 Gabriel Chevallier French author (Le petit général)
1895 Zoltan Korda Hungarian/British director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers)
1897 V K Krishna Menon India, nationalist/statesman
1898 Golda Meir [Meyerson] Kiev Ukraine, 4th Israeli PM (1969-74)
1898 Septima Poinsette Clark civil rights activist/educator
1899 Aline MacMahon McKeesport PA, actress (Backdoor to Heaven)
19-- Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)
19-- Mark Thomas Miller Louisville KY, actor (Johnny-Misfits of Science)
1901 Gino Cervi Bologna Italy, actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja)
1902 Hugo Friedhofer composer
1902 Jack Larue New York NY, actor (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette)
1902 Seton I Miller Chehalis WA, writer (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul)
1902 Walter Slezak Vienna, actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General)
1903 Bing Crosby (Harry Lillis Crosby) Tacoma WA, crooner/actor (White Christmas, Going My Way)
1904 Charles "Red" Ruffing New York Yankee pitcher, hitter (1930-46)
1904 John Breeden San Fransisco CA, actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street)
1905 Albrecht Luitpold G Ferdinand Michael Wittelsbach duke of Bavaria
1905 Sebastian Lewis Shaw actor (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste)
1906 Mary Astor Quincy IL, actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky, Across the Pacific)
1907 Earl Wilson Rockford OH, columnist (Midnight Earl)
1910 Alceo Galliera composer
1911 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson trumpeter
1913 Earl Blackwell Atlanta GA, author (Celebrity Register)
1913 William M Inge US playwright (Picnic-Pulitzer 1953)
1915 Evencio Castellanos composer
1916 Henry Barbosa Gonzalez San Antonio TX, (Representative-D-TX, 1961- )
1916 Pierre Emmanuel French poet (Sodome)
1917 James Penberthy composer
1919 Betty Comden Brooklyn NY, song writer (Comden & Green-Bells are Ringing)
1919 Pete Seeger New York NY, folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene)
1920 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith] middleweight/welterweight boxer (champion)
1921 Vasco dos Santos Gonçalves Portuguese leftist colonel
1922 Marina Svetlova ballerina/choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo)
1923 Ralph M Hall (Representative-D-TX, 1981- )
1924 Mary Carver Los Angeles CA, actress (Cecilia-Simon & Simon)
1925 Nina Bara Buenos Aires Argentina, actress (Tonga-Space Patrol)
1928 James Brown Augusta GA, singer/jail bird, soul brother #1 (Hot Pants)
1928 Jeanne Bal Santa Monica CA, actress (Pat-Love & Marriage)
1929 Hendrik L van Beek Dutch Vice-Admiral
1929 Jaharna Imam Bangladeshi writer/political activist
1930 David Evatt Tunley composer
1931 Alex Cord actor (The Dead are Alive)
1931 Joseph Lichtman Layton dancer
1933 Collie Smith cricketer (exciting West Indies all-rounder all too briefly)
1934 Georg Kroll composer
1935 Donald P Hodel Portland OR, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89)
1936 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey] Madras India, singer (After The Lovin', Release Me, Quando Quando Quando)
1937 Frankie Valli [Castelluccio] Newark NJ, singer (Four Seasons-Sherry)
1939 Jonathan David Harvey English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen)
1939 José Torres US, boxer (Olympics)
1939 Samantha Eggar London England, actress (Anna and the King, Collector)
1941 Nona Gaprindasvili USSR, world women's chess champion (1962-78)
1942 Lynn Farleigh Bristol England, actress (Lovers of Their Time)
1942 Vera Càslavskà-Odlozilova Czechoslovakia, gymnast (Olympics-gold-1964, 68)
1943 John Costello historian
1944 Ian Peter Leslie Smith journalist
1944 Peter Staples rocker (Troggs-Wild Thing)
1945 Sadiq Mohammad cricketer (attacking Pakistan opening batsman 1969-81)
1946 Greg Gumbel sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN)
1947 Doug Henning Fort Garry Manitoba, magician (Broadway play-Magic)
1949 Albert Sacco Jr Boston MA, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
1949 Ron Wyden (Representative-D-OR, 1981- )
1950 Mary Hopkin South Wales, singer (Those Were the Days)
1951 Christopher Cross [Geppert] San Antonio TX, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
1952 Allen Wells England, 100 meter dash (Olympics-gold-1980)
1953 Bruce Hall Champaign IL, rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon)
1953 Van McLain rocker (Shooting Star)
1955 David Hookes cricketer (dashing Australian LHB, S Aussie stalwart)
1955 Steve Jones English pop guitarist (Sex Pistols-Mercy)
1957 Cactus Moser Montrose CO, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
1957 Rod Langway Formosa, NHL defenseman (Montréal Canadiens, Washington Capitals)
1959 Ben Elton London UK, actor (Stark, Friday Night Live)
1959 David Ball Blackpool, rock keyboardist (Soft Cell)
1962 Anthony Gilligan Penrith New South Wales, Australasia golfer
1963 Jeff Hornacek NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
1964 Ron Hextall Winnipeg, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders)
1966 Paul Stevenson Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
1968 Deborah Caprioglio Miestre Italy, actress (Big Game Hunter)
1968 Jay Darlington London England, keyboardist (Kula Shaker)
1969 Karen Kraft San Mateo CA, rower (Olympics-silver-96)
1970 Alexia Dechaume-Ballert La Rochelle France, tennis star (1992 Australia)
1970 Ted Crowley Concord MA, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)
1971 James Roberson defensive end (Tennessee Oilers)
1972 Brett Hayman Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1972 Josh Taves defensive end (New England Patriots)
1972 Vyacheslav Kozlov Voskresensk Russia, NHL forward (Detroit Red Wings)
1973 Dominique Monami Verviers Belgium, tennis star
1973 Michel Traveller soccer player (Ajax)


Deaths which occurred on May 3rd:
1010 Ansfried 9th bishop of Utrecht (995-1010)/saint, dies at about 69
1294 Jan I duke of Brabant/Limburg/poet, dies
1410 Alexander V [Petros Philargi], Kreta's Pope (1409-10), dies
1442 Engelbert I Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies
1481 Mohammed II [Fâtih], sultan of Turkey (1451-81), dies
1567 Leonhard Paminger composer, dies at 72
1614 Sasbout Vosmeer Roman Catholic theologist/apostole vicar, dies at 66
1654 François van Kinschot treasurer-general/chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
1703 Eglon van de Down still-life painter, dies
1704 Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Austrian violist/composer, dies at 59
1707 Michiel de Swaen South Netherlands physician/poet, dies at 53
1737 Abraham Patras Governor-General of East-Indies (1735-37), dies at 65
1758 Benedict XIV [Prospero L Lambertini] Pope (1740-58), dies at 83
1764 Francesco Algarotti Italian earl/encyclopedist, dies at 53
1774 Heinrich A Fouqué Prussian general (7 year war), dies at 76
1783 Pieter Valck(x) South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
1792 Carlo Zuccari composer, dies at 87
1839 Ferdinando Paer composer, dies at 67
1841 Cornelis T Elout Dutch minister of Finance/Navy/Colonies, dies at 74
1854 William Beale composer, dies at 70
1856 Adolfo Fumagalli composer, dies at 27
1856 Adolphe Charles Adam French composer/critic (Giselle), dies at 52
1861 Anthony Philip Heinrich composer, dies at 80
1863 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton US Confederate Brigadier-General, dies at 35
1868 Olof Wilhelm Udden composer, dies at 68
1881 Josip Jurcic Slovic writer (Schone Vida), dies
1893 Josef Rudolf Zavrtal composer, dies at 73
1902 David R Capriles Curaçaos director of psychiatric, dies at 64
1916 Pádraic Pearse Irish nationalist, executed by British firing squad
1917 Norman Callaway New South Wales bat, cricketer (207 in only FC innings), dies
1925 Clément Ader French engineer (steam engine airplane), dies at 84
1926 Napoleon V Bonaparte French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
1931 Frank Hoyt Losey composer, dies at 59
1931 Otto Winter-Hjelm composer, dies at 93
1932 Anton Wildgans Austrian writer (Dies Irae)/director Burgtheater, dies at 51
1939 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener German general, dies at 71
1942 Johan H Westerveld Lieutenant-Colonel/leader Order Service, executed
1943 Leslie Heward composer, dies at 45
1945 Louis L H de Visser Dutch MP (CPN), dies at 66
1955 Philips C Visser explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
1958 Frank Foster cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
1961 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty French philosopher, dies at 53
1964 Diana Wynyard dies at 58
1965 Howard Spring British author (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
1965 Otto Forst de Battaglia Austrian diplomat/genealogist, dies at 75
1966 Wylie Watson dies at 77
1968 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev composer, dies at 86
1969 Imre Vincze composer, dies at 42
1970 Candelario Huizar composer, dies at 82
1972 Bruce Cabot actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
1972 Dan Blocker actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies at 43
1972 Les Harvey rocker, dies
1975 Samuel Gonard chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78
1976 David Bruce dies at 62
1976 Ernie Nevers college fullback (Stanford), dies at 72
1978 Wim van Doorne Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
1979 Erin O'Brien-Moore actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
1982 Helmut Dantine actor (Shadow of the Cloak), dies at 64
1982 Hugh Beaumont actor (Ward-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 73
1983 Vaughn Taylor actor (Jailhouse Rock), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 72
1986 Robert Alda actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain), dies at 72
1987 Dicky Fuller cricketer (one Test for West Indies 1935, one run, 0-12), dies
1987 Yolande Christina Dalida dies at 54
1989 Christine Jorgensen 1st transsexual, dies at 62
1989 Muriel Ostriche dies
1990 Pimen [Sergei Irzyekov] patriarch of Russian-orthodox church, dies at 79
1991 Gerrit Mik child psychiatrist/Dutch MP (D66), dies
1991 Jersy Kosinski author (Being There), dies at 57
1991 Margaret Tallichet actress (Stranger on the 3rd Floor), dies
1992 Elizabeth Lennox radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98
1992 George Murphy (Senator-R-CA, 1965-71)/actor, dies of Leukemia at 89
1992 Peter Bruni dies of heart failure at 60
1994 Gustaaf baron van Hemert Dingshof mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
1994 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker Dutch MP (CDA), dies at 63
1994 Milford Dolliole pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
1994 Richard Scarry author/illustrator of children's books, dies at 74
1996 Jack Weston actor (Ishtar, Rad, Cuba), dies of lymphoma at 71
1996 Timothy Gullikson tennis player/coach, dies at 45

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