May 3

The 3rd of May is the 123rd day of the Gregorian Calendar ( 124th in leap years), thus 242 days remain until the end of the year.

  • 2.1 Before the 19th century
  • 2.2 19th century
  • 2.3 20th century 2.3.1 1901-1950
  • 2.3.2 1951-2000
  • 3.1 Before the 20th century
  • 3.2 20th century
  • 3.3 21st century


Politics and World Affairs


Science and Technology


  • 2009: Several Polish filmmakers, including Agnieszka Holland and Andrzej Wajda, Poland's national call on account of the extreme right-wing director Piotr Farfal for a boycott against the public- service broadcasters Polish Television ( TVP).


  • 2000: In Portland (Oregon ), Dave Ulmer starts the GPS treasure hunt Geocaching with the hiding of the first container.
  • 2007: The Gumball 3000 car race was stopped for the first time since its inception in 1999 by the organizers prematurely, having caused an accident with two fatalities in Macedonia on the day before one of the participants.
  • 2007: From an apartment in the Portuguese Luz British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared. The criminal case, which was known by the search activities of parents worldwide is unresolved.


  • 0996: Bruno of Carinthia is the successor of the late John XV. by his cousin, Emperor Otto III. , appointed to the Italian expedition to the Pope. He took the name of Gregory V. At 24, he is one of the youngest popes in history.
  • 1728: In Herrnhut is distributed for the first time a " solution ", a collection of short Bible texts of the Old and New Testaments, for the day in the then 32 houses of the village. As a result, 1731 is the first Moravian solution book edited and published thereafter without interruption until today.
  • 1858: In the encyclical, Pope Pius IX Amantissimi redemptoris used. against the observed development in some places that the celebration of Mass, the priest no longer practiced. The Pope exhorts all priests to officiate dutiful.


  • 2008: Cyclone Nargis weakens over Myanmar. Due to the cyclone 84 537 people are killed according to official figures, 53 836 people are missing. Hundreds of thousands lose their homes. About 24 million people are affected by the disaster. The military regime denied in consequence the entry of foreign disaster relief teams and supplies confiscated.

Minor accidents are listed in the sub- items of disaster.

Nature and Environment


Entries of Athletics world records are located under the respective discipline under Athletics.


Before the 19th century

19th century

20th century




Before the 20th century

  • 0115: Alexander I, Bishop of Rome
  • 1122: Berthold III. of Zahringen, founder of Freiburg im Breisgau
  • 1123: Felicia of Roucy, Queen of Aragon- Navarre
  • 1160: Peter Lombard, scholastics and Bishop
  • 1211: Aimery de Montréal, a French nobleman
  • 1282: Hugo Lippi - Ugoccioni ( Ricovero ), Italian saint, founder of the order
  • 1294: John I, Duke of Brabant
  • 1410: Alexander V, antipope to Gregory XII. since 1409
  • 1442: Engelbert I, Count of Nassau- Dillenburg
  • 1481: Mehmed II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, conqueror of Constantinople Opel
  • 1588: Joachim Mynsinger of Frundeck, lawyer of the humanists time
  • 1589: Julius, Duke of Brunswick- Lüneburg, Duke of Brunswick- Wolfenbüttel
  • 1591: Antonio Abondio, Italian medalist and Wachsbossierer

20th century

21st Century

  • 2001: Helmuth Herold, German artist and master of the harmonica
  • 2001: Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer
  • 2003: Suzy Parker, American actress
  • 2004: Ken Downing, British race car driver
  • 2005: Yuhanna Fuad El- Hage, a Lebanese Maronite Archbishop of Tripoli
  • 2005: Pierre Moerlen, French drummer and composer
  • 2006: Karel Appel, Dutch painter and co-founder of the artists' group CoBrA
  • 2006: Siegfried Fink, German drummer and composer
  • 2006: Wolfgang Schwenke, German zoologist, entomologist and forest scientists
  • 2007: Ellsworth Milburn, American composer, music teacher and pianist
  • 2008: Martin Finnegan, Irish motorcycle racer
  • 2008: Badi Panahi, German social scientist
  • 2008: Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo -, Spanish politician
  • 2010: José Ignacio Abadal, Spanish actor and voice actor
  • 2010: Luigi Amaducci, Italian Archbishop
  • 2011: Paul Ackerley, New Zealand field hockey player and coach
  • 2012: Jorge E. Illueca, Panamanian politician

Holidays and observances

  • Religious observances St. James, son of Alphaeus, Roman martyrs, apostles and national saint of Uruguay (Protestant, Catholic)
  • St. James the Just, Roman Martyrs ( Catholic)
  • St. Philip, Roman martyrs and apostles (Protestant, Catholic)
  • Name Days Alexander, Philip
  • State Holidays and observances Lithuania, Poland: Day of the Constitution of May 3, 1791
  • Anniversaries of international organizations International Press Freedom Day (UN ) (since 1994)

More entries contains the list of commemorative and action days.

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  • Day in May