May 3 Events in History - May 3 Birthdays - May 3 Deaths
2015 Aid response to the Nepal earthquake has been hindered due to runway damage at the country's main airport in Kathmandu, requiring airport closure to large jets; the death toll from the disaster has risen to over 7,000
2014 The death toll from a landslide covering Hobo Barik, Afghanistan is estimated to be at least 2,000; though only 350 are confirmed deceased, authorities lack the equipment needed to attempt a full rescue
2014 Donald Sterling, L.A. Clippers owner, is banned for life after reports of his racist comments; a new CEO will be appointed, and other team owners are encouraged to pressure Sterling into selling; many parties have already expressed interest
2013 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art announces it will return two statues from northern Cambodia's archeological site Koh Ker
2013 Caterpillar, a heavy construction equipment manufacturer, announces plans to lay off 300 additional employees at its Decatur, Illinois facility by July 2013
2012 New Delhi hosts the 59th National Film Awards; 'Deool' and 'Byari' win the Award for Best Feature Film
2012 Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese dissident, requests help from the U.S. Congress in his attempt to flee China with his family
2011 Interest rates at the Reserve Bank of India are increased by 50 basis points to 7.25 per cent
2011 In Yafran, Libya, thousands risk potential death and starvation after Muammar Gaddafi's forces shut off water and block food supplies
2010 United and Continental air lines announce that the two American companies will merge, creating the world's largest airline
1998 wins Titleholders Golf Championship
1997 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
1997 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen
1997 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
1996 Martin Moxon and Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks vs. Glam
1995 "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater New York City for 16 performances
1995 Australia beat West Indies to regain the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
1995 David Bell debuts for the Indians (3rd generation player, Gus and Buddy)
1994 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1994 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
1994 U.S. space probe Clementine launched
1993 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst New York City for 906 performances
1992 Balt's Gregg Olson, 25, is youngest to record 100 saves
1992 Beverly Hills 90210 Gabrielle Carteris marries Charles Isaacs
1992 Danielle Ammaccapane wins LPGA Centel Golf Classic
1992 New York Met Eddie Murray is 24th to hit 400 home runs
1992 Ohio Glory wins 1st WLAF game (after 6 loses), beat Frankfurt 20-17
1992 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge
1991 Andy Williams weds Debbie Hass
1991 356th and final episode of CBS 2nd longest running series Dallas, 2nd only to Gunsmoke
1988 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
1988 Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
1987 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater New York City after 46 performances
1987 Cindy Hill wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1987 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday and Saturday with Gary Hart
1986 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8
1986 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
1986 Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th and 301st home run
1986 NASA launches Goes-G, it failed to achieve orbit
1986 New York Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game
1983 Bruins 3-Isles 8-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 3-1 lead
1983 Soviet leader Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
1983 U.S. bishops condemn nuclear weapons
1982 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
1982 New York Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget
1982 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts
1981 "Can-Can" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 5 performances
1981 "Moony, Shapiro Songbook" opens and closes at Morosco Theater New York City
1981 Sally Little wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International
1980 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
1980 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st and final home run
1980 Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL and NL
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the 1st woman prime minister of Great Britain
1979 Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run (2nd to have 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases)
1979 Martin Sherman's "Bent," premieres in London
1978 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
1978 Anderlecht wins 18th Europe Cup II
1978 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
1978 WI all set to lose cricket test vs. Australia at Kingston till riots end game
1976 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
1976 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)
1975 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
1975 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
1973 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building finished
1973 Kansas City Royals' George Brett gets his 1st major league hit
1971 All Things Considered premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
1971 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
1971 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
1971 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
1970 24th NBA Championship: New York Knicks beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3
1970 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational
1969 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson New York City after 7 performances
1969 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
1967 Black students seize finance building at Northwestern University
1966 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1965 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
1965 3rd Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 2-1 in 10
1965 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the U.S.
1965 KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
1965 Pulitzer prize awarded to Irwin Unger (Greenback Era)
1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Clifford Ann Creed Golf Invitational
1963 Leslie Narum is only Baltimore Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
1962 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train and a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)
1961 Warren Spahn pitches a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter
1960 Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones' musical "Fantasticks," premieres in New York City
1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament
1959 Tiger's Charlie Maxwell hits 4 consecutive home runs in a doubleheader
1958 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
1958 WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
1956 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 678 performances
1956 A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
1956 Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella," premieres in New York City
1954 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A. Lindbergh and John Patrick
1954 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, Wisconsin (PBS) begins broadcasting
1953 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 644 performances
1952 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
1952 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6
1951 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
1951 New York Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
1949 1st firing of a U.S. Viking rocket; reached 80 km
1948 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener and Tennessee Williams
1947 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8
1947 Japan forms a constitutional democracy
1946 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
1945 1st Polish armour brigade occupies Wilhelmshafen
1945 Allies arrests German nuclear physics Werner Heisenberg
1945 British troop join in Rangoon
1945 German ship "Cap Arcona" sinks in East Sea, 5,800 killed
1944 "Meet Me in St. Louis" opens on Broadway
1944 Meat rationing ends in U.S.
1943 Pulitzer prize awarded to Upton Sinclair (Dragon's Teeth)
1943 Strike against obligatory labor camps ends, after 200 killed
1943 U.S. 1st armour division occupies Mateur Tunisia
1942 Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu and Tanambogo, Solomon Islands
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1942 Nazi's execute 72 OD'ers in reprisial in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands
1942 Nazi's require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star
1941 German air raid on Liverpool
1941 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
1938 Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
1938 Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941
1938 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
1937 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for 'Gone With the Wind'
1936 French People's Front wins elections
1936 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits
1934 Bradman scores 206 Australia vs. Worcestershire, 210 minutes, 27 fours
1933 1st female director (Nellie T Ross) of U.S. Mint takes office
1929 Prussia bans anti-fascists
1926 British general strike-3 million workers support miners
1926 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
1926 U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
1923 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (New York - San Diego) completed
1922 Mayor Hylan closes streets for building of Yankee Stadium
1922 Salt layer find at Winterswijk
1921 West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
1919 Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
1919 America's 1st passenger flight (New York - Atlantic City)
1917 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
1909 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
1906 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
1903 AVC Heracles (South Carolina Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
1902 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
1901 Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
1900 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06
1898 Camp Merriman forms at Presidio
1886 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
1864 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
1863 Battle of Fredricksburg, Virginia (Marye's Heights)
1863 Battle of Salem Church, Virginia
1861 General Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan
1861 Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen
1855 Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
1851 Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire; 30 die
1846 Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas
1845 1st black lawyer (Macon B. Allen) admitted to bar
1845 Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China
1830 1st regular steam train passenger service starts
1822 Society for Propagation of Faith starts (Lyon, France)
1815 Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats king Joachim of Naples
1810 Lord Byron swims Hellespont
1808 Goya's "Executions of 3rd of May"
1802 Washington D.C. incorporates as a city
1765 1st U.S. medical college opens in Philadelphia
1747 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
1722 Pierre de Marivaux' "La Double Inconstance," premieres in Paris
1715 Edmund Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
1678 French conquering fleet at Curaeao, 1200 die
1662 Royal charter granted Connecticut
1661 Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen
1660 Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg and Austria sign Peace of Oliva
1654 Bridge at Rowley Mass begins charging tolls for animals
1640 English Upper house accept Act of Attainder
1629 French huguenot leader duke De Rohan signs accord with Spain
1624 Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama
1621 Francis Bacon accused of bribery
1616 Treaty of Loudun kills French civil war
1515 Persian Gulf: Portugese fleet occupies Ormuz
1512 Pope Julius II opens 5th Council of Lateranen
1494 Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it "St. Iago"
1455 Jews flee Spain
1382 Battle on Beverhoutsfield near Brugge
1342 Count Hartmann II becomes ruler of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
1294 John II becomes duke of Brabant/Limburg