Famous birthdays, deaths and events of May 3
1415 - Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (d. 1495) 1764 - Elisabeth of France, sister of Louis XVI 1835 - Alfred Austin, English poet (d. 1913) 1844 - Richard D'Oyly Carte, English theatrical impresario (d. 1901) 1849 - Bernhard von Bülow, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1929) 1857 - George Gore, American baseball player (d. 1933) 1859 - Andy Adams, American author (d. 1935) 1860 - John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist (d. 1936) 1861 - Emmett Dalton, American outlaw (d. 1937) 1867 - J.T. Hearne, English cricketer (d. 1944) 1874 - François Coty, French perfume manufacturer (d. 1934) 1874 - V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (d. 1954) 1877 - Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (d. 1925) 1886 - Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (d. 1971) 1888 - Beulah Bondi, American actress (d. 1981) 1891 - Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet (d. 1969) 1893 - Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (d. 1975) 1896 - Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (d. 1990) 1896 - Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (d. 1917) 1901 - Gino Cervi, Italian actor (d. 1974) 1903 - Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (d. 1977) 1905 - Sebastian Shaw, English actor (d. 1994) 1906 - Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality 1906 - Mary Astor, Academy Award-winning American actress (d. 1987) 1912 - Virgil Fox, American organist (d. 1980) 1913 - William Inge, American playwright (d. 1973) 1915 - Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer (d. 2003) 1917 - Betty Comden, American lyricist (d. 2006) 1918 - Ted Bates, English former footballer (d. 2003) 1919 - Pete Seeger, American singer 1920 - John Lewis, American jazz pianist and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2001) 1921 - Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989) 1921 - Joe Ames, American singer (d. 2007) 1922 - Len Shackleton, English former footballer (d. 2000) 1924 - Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (d. 2000) 1928 - Dave Dudley, American singer (d. 2003) 1933 - James Brown, American singer and dancer (d. 2006) 1933 - Alex Cord, American actor 1934 - Henry Cooper, English boxer 1934 - Georges Moustaki, Egyptian born Greek-French singer and songwriter 1934 - Frankie Valli, American singer (The Four Seasons) 1937 - Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer 1938 - Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player 1940 - Konrad "Conny" Plank, German record producer and musician 1942 - Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast 1946 - Silvino Francisco, South African snooker player 1948 - Chris Mulkey, American actor 1947 - Doug Henning, Canadian magician (d. 2000) 1951 - Christopher Cross, American musician 1951 - Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer 1952 - Allan Wells, British athlete 1952 - Caitlin Clarke. American actress, (d. 2004) 1954 - Gary Young, American drummer (Pavement) 1955 - David Hookes, Australian cricketer (d. 2004) 1957 - Rod Langway, American ice hockey player 1958 - Kevin Kilner, American actor 1958 - Sandi Toksvig, Danish comedian and radio presenter 1959 - David Ball, English musician (Soft Cell) 1959 - Ben Elton, British comedian and author 1960 - Amy Steel, American actress 1961 - David Vitter American politician, 1962 - Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder 1963 - Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player 1963 - Jamie Reeves, British strongman 1963 - Sally Whittaker, English actress 1964 - Ron Hextall, Canadian ice hockey player 1965 - Rob Brydon, Welsh comedian 1965 - Nina Garcia, Colombian-American fashion expert and television personality 1965 - John Jensen, Danish footballer 1966 - Peter Abbay, American actor 1966 - Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor 1966 - Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player 1968 - Shane Minor, American singer 1971 - Josey Scott, American singer (Saliva) 1972 - Suzi Suzuki, former Japanese adult actress 1975 - Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist 1975 - Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress 1975 - Dulé Hill, American actor 1976 - Jeff Halpern, American ice hockey player 1977 - Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail 1977 - Ryan Dempster, American baseball player 1978 - Paul Banks, American vocalist (Interpol) 1978 - Christina Hendricks, American actress 1978 - Lawrence Tynes, American football player 1979 - Steve Mack, American professional wrestler 1980 - Zuzana Ondrášková, Czech tennis player 1980 - Marcel Vigneron, American chef (Top Chef) 1982 - Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-born American football player 1983 - Joseph Addai, American football player 1983 - Romeo Castelen, Dutch footballer 1983 - Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer 1983 - Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer 1984 - Nam Sang-mi, South Korean actress and model 1984 - Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer 1985 - Greg Raposo, American pop/rock singer
1152 - Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England (b. 1105) 1598 - Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563) 1606 - Henry Garnet, English Jesuit (executed) (b. 1555) 1622 - Pedro Páez, Spanish Jesuit missionary (b. 1564) 1704 - Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Bohemian composer (b. 1644) 1763 - George Psalmanazar, British impostor (b. 1679) 1839 - Ferdinando Paer, Italian composer (b. 1771) 1856 - Adolphe Charles Adam, French composer (b. 1803) 1918 - Charlie Soong, Christian Missionary 1921 - Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (b. 1883) 1958 - Frank Foster, English cricketer (b. 1889) 1972 - Bruce Cabot, American film actor (b. 1904) 1987 - Dalida, French singer (b. 1933) 1989 - Christine Jorgensen, American transsexual (b. 1926) 1991 - Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-born writer (b. 1933) 1991 - Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907) 1992 - George Murphy, American dancer 1996 - Alex Kellner, American baseball player (b. 1924) 1996 - Jack Weston, American actor (b. 1924) 1997 - Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver (b. 197) 1997 - Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927) 1999 - Joe Adcock, American baseball player (b. 1927) 1999 - Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967) 2001 - Billy Higgins, American drummer (b. 1936) 2002 - Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1928) 2003 - Suzy Parker, American actress (b. 1932) 2004 - Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932) 2004 - Ken Downing, British racing driver (b. 1917) 2004 - Darrell Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1928) 2007 - Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913) 2007 - Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923) 2009 - Ram Shewalkar, 78, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest. 2009 - John Elsworthy, 77, Welsh footballer. 2011 - Jackie Cooper, American actor (b. 1922)
1491 - Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I. 1494 - Christopher Columbus first sights land that will be called Jamaica. 1715 - "Edmund Halley's" total solar eclipse (the last one visible in London, United Kingdom for almost 900 years). 1791 - The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. 1802 - Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city. 1808 - Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia. 1808 - Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill. 1815 - Neapolitan War: Joachim Murat, King of Naples is defeated by the Austrians at the Battle of Tolentino, the decisive engagement of the war. 1830 - The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It is the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel. 1837 - The University of Athens is founded. 1849 - The May Uprising in Dresden begins 1860 - Charles XV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden. 1867 - The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island. 1901 - The Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida. 1916 - The leaders of the Easter Rising are executed in Dublin. 1921 - West Virginia imposes the first state sales tax. 1924 - Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber. 1928 - Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China. 1933 - Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman to head the United States Mint. 1937 - Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 1939 - The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. 1942 - World War II: Japanese naval troops invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia. 1945 - World War II: Sinking of the prison ships Cap Arcona, Thielbek and Deutschland by the Royal Air Force in Lübeck Bay. 1946 - The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. 1947 - New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect. 1951 - London's Royal Festival Hall opens. 1951 - The Festival of Britain 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 Truman. 1951 - The Kentucky Derby is televised for the first time. 1952 - Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole. 1957 - Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, New York, to Los Angeles, California. 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 opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1963 - The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing newfound attention to the African-American Civil Rights Movement. 1973 - The Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out as the world's tallest building. 1978 - The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as "spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States. 1979 - Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher becomes the United Kingdom's first female prime minister as the Labour government is ousted in parliamentary elections. 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. 1987 - A crash by Bobby Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama fencing at the start-finish line would lead NASCAR to develop restrictor plate racing the following season both at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega. 1991 - The Declaration of Windhoek is signed. 1999 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two 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. 1999 - Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time. 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. 2007 - British girl Madeleine McCann is snatched from her bed in holiday apartment 5A of the Ocean Club Holiday Resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, and is still missing to this day.