On This Day

What Happened on May 3, 1917

Historical Events

  • 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
  • Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" premieres in Carnegie Hall, NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist ("On The Town"; "Just In Time"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • George Gaynes, Dutch-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 2016)
  • James Penberthy, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • Kiro Gligorov, 1st President of the Republic of Macedonia (1991-99), born in ┼átip, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • Norman Callaway, Australian cricket batsman (207 in only FC innings), dies on WWI battlefield at 21
1917 Highlights

About May 3, 1917

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 105 years, 1 month and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus