YEAR DAY EVENT
1010 May 3 Ansfried (~69), 9th bishop of Utrecht (995-1010), saint, died.
1455 May 3 Jews fled Spain.
1568 May 3 French forces in Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish.
1715 May 3 Edmund Halley observed a total eclipse phenomenon: “Baily’s Beads.”
1810 May 3 Lord Byron swam the Hellespont.
1830 May 3 The 1st regular steam train passenger service started.
1855 May 3 Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
1859 May 3 France declared war on Austria.
1861 May 3 Lincoln asked for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen.
1865 May 3 President Lincoln’s funeral train arrived in Springfield, Illinois.
1921 May 3 West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
1926 May 3 There was a British general strike and 3 million workers supported the miners. The strike lasted 9 days.
1929 May 3 Prussia banned anti-fascists
1931 May 3 Frank Hoyt Losey (59), composer, died.
1938 May 3 The concentration camp at Flossenburg opened.
1942 May 3 The Luftwaffe bombed Exeter.
1945 May 3 Japanese forces on Okinawa launched their only major counter-offensive, but failed to break the American lines.
1948 May 3 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to playwright Tennessee Williams for “A Streetcar Named Desire” and to novelist James Michener for “Tales of the South Pacific.”
1951 May 3 The Festival of Britain, a national exhibition, officially opened.
1954 May 3 Pulitzer prize was awarded to Charles A. Lindbergh and John Patrick.
1957 May 3 A low flying Navy bomber, while practicing evasion maneuvers, sheared two high-voltage lines in the East Bay of San Francisco causing a power outage in SF and the Peninsula.
1971 May 3 The National Public Radio “All Things Considered” program premiered on 112 NPR stations. NPR, the US national, non-commercial radio network, was founded in 1970 and hit the airwaves in April, 1971.
1978 May 3 “Sun Day” fell on a Thursday as thousands of people extolling the virtues of solar energy held events across the country.
1979 May 3 Britain held general elections. Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain’s first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections. In 2008 Claire Berlinski authored “There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters.”
1988 May 3 The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband’s activities. The unflattering revelations surfaced in a yet-to-be published memoir by former chief of staff Donald Regan.
1990 May 3 The US federal government approved the use of the drug AZT to treat children infected with the AIDS virus.
1991 May 3 The US government reported the nation’s civilian unemployment rate fell in April to 6.6%.
1992 May 3 In Los Angeles, soldiers continued to patrol streets and guard fire-gutted and ransacked stores in the wake of rioting that erupted following the Rodney King-taped beating acquittals.
1993 May 3 “Kiss of the Spider Woman” opened at Broadhurst in NYC for 906 performances. John Kander composed the music and Fred Ebb (d.2004) wrote the lyrics.
1995 May 3 The US government reported that its Index of Leading Economic Indicators dropped half a percentage point in March 1995, its biggest tumble in two years.
1997 May 3 World chess champion Garry Kasparov won the first game of his rematch with IBM’s Deep Blue computer. However, he lost the six-game match.
1998 May 3 It was reported that the drugs angiostatin and endostatin eradicated cancer in mice and that human trials could begin within a year. The drugs were discovered by Harvard scientist Judah Folkman. Their operation was explained in 1999 by researchers at Duke.
1999 May 3 In Baltimore the Cuban baseball team beat the Baltimore Orioles 12-6. 7 members missed the departure the next day and one coach, Rigoberto Betancourt Herrera, was reported to have defected, as the others over slept. The 6 stragglers departed May 5.
2000 May 3 Gen. Wesley Clark left his post as NATO’s supreme allied commander. He was replaced by Gen. Joseph Ralston.
2001 May 3 An estimated 36.4 million people tuned in to watch Tennessee nurse Tina Wesson win as the winner of “Survivor 2,” following a 42 day stint in the “Survivor: The Australian Outback” on CBS.
2002 May 3 The US Labor Dept. reported the April jobless rate at 6%, up .3%
2003 May 3 In the Kentucky Derby Jose Santos rode Funny Cide to victory.
2004 May 3 Marvin Runyon (79), former postmaster general, died in Nashville, Tenn.
2005 May 3 American troops and Afghan police killed 64 rebels and captured six during a battle in the mountains of southern Afghanistan. 9 Afghan troops and one policeman were also killed in the clashes in the southern provinces of Zabul and Kandahar.
2006 May 3 In their second meeting at the White House, President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to keep pressing Iran on its nuclear program as other allies took the issue to the United Nations.
2007 May 3 A US House panel called on the VA chief to explain why top officials got hefty bonuses even as veteran’s care deteriorated.
2008 May 3 Big Brown pulled won the Kentucky Derby 4 3/4 lengths ahead of the filly Eight Belles, who was euthanized by injection on the track with 2 broken ankles.
2009 May 3 In California Briant Rodriguez (3) was kidnapped by 2 gunmen who broke into his family’s home in San Bernadino.
2010 May 3 Faisal Shahzad (30), a US citizen who had recently returned from a five-month trip to his native Pakistan, was arrested at a New York airport on charges that on May 1 he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square.
2011 May 3 US analysts scoured a trove of secrets grabbed from Osama bin Laden’s fortified hideout for evidence of the slain terrorist’s support network in Pakistan.
2012 May 3 US federal authorities said a Miami-based crime ring stat stole at least $80 million worth of prescription drugs has been broken up following a 3-year FBI probe. 22 people were charged in New Jersey, Connecticut and Miami.
2013 May 3 President Barack Obama in Mexico City said he wants to set aside old stereotypes that have created misunderstanding between Mexico and the United States.

 

Source: Timelines of History

 

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