On This Day

What Happened on May 3, 1949

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km

Famous Birthdays

  • Albert Sacco Jr., American chemical engineer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ken Hom, Chinese-American chef, author and BBC TV presenter (OBE for "services to culinary arts" 2009), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Ron Wyden, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1981-96), born in Wichita, Kansas